ISBN-10:
0742533921
ISBN-13:
9780742533929
Pub. Date:
07/11/2008
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization / Edition 1

Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization / Edition 1

by Daniel Faber
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About the Author:
Daniel Faber is director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative in Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742533929
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2008
Series: Nature's Meaning Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel Faber is director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative in Boston. He co-founded the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and is the author or editor of several books, including Foundations for Social Change.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The Polluter-Industrial Complex: Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice     1
The Evolution of American Environmentalism     1
The Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement     6
The Corporate War against the Environmental Justice Movement     7
Not All People Are Polluted Equal: The Environmental Injustices of American Capitalism     7
Eroding Environmental Justice: Colonization of the State by the Polluter-Industrial Complex     8
Against Our Nature: Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Environmental Justice Policy     9
The Unfair Trade-Off: Globalization and the Export of Ecological Hazards     10
Transforming Green Politics: Challenges Confronting the Environmental Justice Movement     11
What Does the Future Hold?     12
Not All People Are Polluted Equal: The Environmental Injustices of American Capitalism     15
The Environmental Injustices of American Capitalism     15
Neoliberalism and the Restructuring of American Capitalism     17
Capitalist Strategies for Displacing Ecological Hazards onto the American Working Class and People of Color     23
Environmental Justice, Occupational Health and Safety, and the Restructuring of Work     34
Environmental Injustice and the New Natural Resource Wars     44
Capital Mobility and the Displacement of Environmental Injustices to the Sunbelt     51
Looking Ahead     54
Eroding Environmental Justice: Colonization of the State by the Polluter-Industrial Complex     67
Colonization of the State by the Polluter-Industrial Complex     67
Buying Elections: Supporting Candidates Opposed to Environmental Justice     70
Appointing Corporate Polluters to Administer Environmental Agencies     79
Building a Movement From the Top Down: Creating a Policy Infrastructure that Pays for the Polluter-Industrial Complex     87
Lobbying Against the Environment: The Special-Interest Process for Corporate Polluters     96
"Toxic Sludge Is Good for You": The Production of Ideology as Environmental Science     103
Reclaiming the State     110
Against Our Nature: Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Environmental Justice Policy     119
The Ecological Crisis and the Crisis of Environmentalism     119
Political Opposition to the Liberal Regime of Environmental Regulation     121
Neoliberalism and the Corporate Assault Against the Environmental Movement     126
The Rise and Fall of Federal Environmental Justice Programs and Policies     133
Getting Away with Murder: The Failure of the State to Enforce Environmental Laws      139
Superfund: A Super Failure in Addressing Environmental Injustice     143
Race, Class, and the Environmental Injustices of "Free-Market" Environmentalism     148
Conclusion     161
The Unfair Trade-Off: Globalization and the Export of Ecological Hazards     171
The Global Ecological Crisis     171
Globalization, Unfair Trade, and the Corporate Assault on Mother Earth     174
Dumping on the Third World: The Export of Ecological Hazards and Environmental Injustice     178
Antigreen Greenbacks: The Export of Ecologically Hazardous Investment Capital     180
Global Pollution Havens: The Export of Ecologically Hazardous Industry     187
Buyer Beware: The Export of Ecologically Hazardous Commodities     193
Dumping on the Third World: The Export of Pollution and Hazardous Waste     197
Globalization, Unequal Ecological Exchange, and Environmental Injustice     204
A Better World Is Possible?     210
Transforming Green Politics: Challenges Confronting the Environmental Justice Movement     221
A Deeper Shade of Green Politics     221
The Evolution of the Environmental Justice Movement in the United States     222
Framing "Environmental Justice" and Building An Identity for the Movement     235
Issues of Organization for Building a Transnational Environmental Justice Movement     242
Issues of Strategy for Building a Transnational Environmental Justice Movement     245
Building a Better Movement     251
Conclusion: What Does the Future Hold?: The Struggle for "Productive" Environmental Justice     259
Neoliberalism, Democracy, and the Crisis of Environmentalism     259
Forging a New Environmental Citizenship     262
The Promise of the Environmental Justice Movement for Transforming Green Politics     263
Finding Greener Pastures: A More "Productive" Environmental Justice Politics     265
What Does the Future Hold?     270
Selected Bibliography     275
Index     291
About the Author     303

What People are Saying About This

Lisa Anne Zilney

Excellent integration of environmental issues and political issues, which is absent in many works!

Veronica Eady Famira

Daniel Faber's powerful new book is the Fast Food Nation for the environmental justice movement. Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice exposes the ugly underbelly of capitalism and its parasitic dependency on structural racism and classism for profits. Faber is provocative and honest as he carefully lays out an indictment of the institution he cleverly calls the polluter-industrial complex.

David Naguib Pellow

Faber deftly exposes the roots of the environmental injustices that the poor, people of color, working class, and indigenous communities confront every day in the U.S. and globally. This is a moving and critical account of domination and resistance in the struggle for the most precious thing of all: life itself.

Julian Agyeman

Daniel Faber's searing critique details the depressing realities of the economic, political and social contours of America's worst corporate polluters. While they selectively victimize people of color and working class families, there is a growing ray of hope: a transformed and revived grassroots green politics committed to base building and political-economic reform.

Robert J. Brulle

This is a major new contribution to the literature on environmental justice. By connecting environmental injustice to the larger processes of globalization, the ascendency of neoliberalism, and increasing corporate power, Daniel Faber moves environmental justice scholarship to a new level. Based on this analysis, he provides a number of trenchant suggestions on movement strategies to bring about a just and sustainable society. This book needs to be widely read and discussed, both within the academic community, and in the larger environmental movement.

Phil Brown

Daniel Faber's comprehensive approach locates blame for growing environmental degradation to the US economy's need to compete with world markets. He provides intelligent suggestions for how the environmental justice movement can broaden its power by expanding its vision to a wider network of coalitions and to move from solely distributional justice to productive justice. Faber emphasizes grassroots democracy in environmental organizing, rather than policy-based lobbying groups. Despite the power of those who destroy the environment, Faber shows there is much hope through organizing.

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