Environmental Justice and Activism in Indianapolis

Environmental Justice and Activism in Indianapolis

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Environmental Justice and Activism in Indianapolis examines how place attachment, social capital, and perceptions influence citizen responses when their communities are environmentally threatened. Trevor K. Fuller determines what inspires citizens to take action by analyzing the responses of two communities in the Indianapolis, Indiana area afflicted with environmental hazards. Though both areas suffer from environmental hazards, one community was much more motivated to take an activist stance against current and future environmental issues in the community. Fuller investigates how political and economic forces shape the distribution of hazards, the scope of citizen activism, and ultimately, determine whether a community is rejuvenated. This work will be of interest to environmental, political, and historical geographers and scholars.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 158.5 x 238.51 x 17.53mm | 390.09g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 10 Tables, unspecified; 7 Maps; 10 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739188399
  • 9780739188392

About Trevor K. Fuller

Trevor K. Fuller is assistant professor of geography at State University of New York at Oneonta.
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What gets people to act collectively against environmental injustice? Geographer Trevor K. Fuller explores this question in a narrowly drawn case study of two Indianapolis predominantly black neighborhoods. Planning Fuller has crafted an intriguing place-based and personal account of environmental justice on the ground. He mixes compelling narratives on activism with a nuanced discussion of sometimes competing realities of place attachment, social capital, economic development and environmentalism. -- Jay D. Gatrell, Bellarmine University In Environmental Justice and Activism in Indianapolis, Trevor Fuller breaks new ground by skillfully and rigorously weaving urban political economy together with an extraordinary range of data-both contemporary and historical, both quantitative and qualitative-to ask why and how environmental activism takes hold in different ways in different urban neighborhoods. This book is an extremely valuable contribution to scholarship on environmental justice and urban political ecology, and it deserves a place on every 'must-read' list within these growing fields. -- Ryan Holifield, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Trevor Fuller offers important insight into how local context influences the success or failure of neighborhood-level environmental activism. Through its comparative approach, Environmental Justice and Activism in Indianapolis illuminates how place-based social, political, and economic factors coalesce to constrain or enhance interest and involvement in environmental activism, ultimately impacting a neighborhood's environmental justice outcomes. -- Erin DeMuynck, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Environmental Injustice
Chapter 2. Environmental Justice Review
Chapter 3. Learning the Injustice: Distribution and Response
Chapter 4. Railroads, Race, and Water: The Development of Two Indianapolis Neighborhoods
Chapter 5. Socio-Environments of Indianapolis, West Indianapolis, and Martindale-Brightwood
Chapter 6. Individual Drivers of Activism: The Role of Place Attachment, Social Capital and Perceptions in Prompting Environmental Activism
Chapter 7. Politics of Pollution: Government and Non-Governmental Influence on Community-Based Environmental Activism
Chapter 8. Conclusion: Co-opting Environmental Justice
Appendix A: Resident Survey
Appendix B: Interview Questions
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