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- DescriptionEcological causes are championed t only by lobbyists or hikers. While mainstream environmentalism is usually characterized by well-financed, highly structured organizations operating on a national scale, campaigns for environmental justice are often fought by poor or mirity communities. Environmentalism and Ecomic Justice is one of the first books devoted to Chica environmental issues and is a study of U.S. environmentalism in transition as seen through the contributions of people of color. It elucidates the various forces driving and shaping two important examples of environmental organizing: the 1965-71 pesticide campaign of the United Farm Workers and a grazing conflict between a Hispa cooperative and mainstream environmentalists in rthern New Mexico. The UFW example is one of workers highly marginalized by racism, whose struggle--as much for identity as for a union contract--resulted in boycotts of produce at the national level. The case of the grazing cooperative Ganados del Valle, which sought access to land set aside for elk hunting, represents a subaltern group fighting the elitism of natural resource policy in an effort to pursue a pastoral lifestyle. In both instances Pulido details the ways in which racism and ecomic subordination create subaltern communities, and shows how these groups use available resources to mobilize and improve their social, ecomic, and environmental conditions. Environmentalism and Ecomic Justice reveals that the environmental struggles of Chica communities do t fit the mold of mainstream environmentalism, as they combine ecomic, identity, and quality-of-life issues. Examination of the forces that create and shape these grassroots movements clearly demonstrates that environmentalism needs to be sensitive to local issues, ecomically empowering, and respectful of ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Author BiographyLaura Pulido is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Southern California. A native of Los Angeles, she is a member of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and has served as a commissioner for the Environmental Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles.
- Author(s)Laura Pulido
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/02/1996
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight503 g
- Width153 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition Statement3rd
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