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From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Critical America) First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0814715376
ISBN-10: 0814715370
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Editorial Reviews

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"Provides valuable and comprehensive analyses of the driving forces behind environmental injustices. Anyone wanting to know why an environmental justice movement has emerged in this country and what future direction it may take should read this book."

-Paul Mohai,author of Black Environmentalism and Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence

"They assess the effectiveness of the organizing tactics employed, casting particular scrutiny on the courts as agents of social change...The authors have presented concrete examples, all the while making clear that there are no road maps for successful organizing.”

-New York Law Journal

"From the Ground Up presents the history of the environmental justice movement in the best possible way: through the retelling of the individual stories of local communities that have transformed the nation's environmental laws. Both descriptive and reflective, the book is wonderfully evocative of the passions that have maintained the environmental justice movement and that underlie its enormous promise for social change."

-Richard Lazarus,Georgetown University Law School

"A thought-provoking analysis of how grassroots activism from people of color communities is transforming environmental politics. Such activism has brought an important infusion of energy and vision to the pursuit of environmental democracy."

-Charles Lee,principal author of Toxic Waste and Race in the United States

"A fresh and lively treatise on the struggles of ordinary people who are making extraordinary contributions to the environmental and economic justice movement."

-Robert D. Bullard,author of Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality

About the Author

Luke Cole is Director of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation's Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment.



Sheila Foster is Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

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Product Details

  • Series: Critical America
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814715370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814715376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Torres on March 16, 2001
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For those people who want a wide-ranging introduction to the environmental justice movement and its legal arm, this is the place to turn. Written by a movement lawyer activist and a legal academic, this book captures the social and legal evolution of the environmental justice movement in a way that highlights the work of the communities themselves. Vigorously written, the book would be worth the price just for the chapter on transformative politics and its comprehensive annotated bibliography. A must have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "opomar" on May 25, 2001
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Anyone interested in community organizing, legal advocacy on behalf of community groups, and environmental justice work will benefit from this book's in-depth analysis of the struggles and achievements of neighborhood groups battling environmental injustice, and its valuable insights into community organizing strategies and the role of lawyers and the legal system in promoting social change. Although the authors fully acknowledge the prevalence of racism in our society and the lack of easy fixes to the problems faced by disadvantaged communities, they nevertheless convey an inspiring sense of idealism and optimism about the future possibilities for "the movement".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GrawlHal on September 27, 2013
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I read this for an environmental psychology class and was quite glad that I chose this book from the list of options. It was not only informative but also an easy and entertaining read. If you are interested in environmental justice, this is a great introduction to the movement and also a great historical review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2014
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Although over 10 years old, this book is and will remain an important contribution to the field of environmental justice. It captures, with analytic rigor and a sense of being grounded in reality (and not theory), the struggle for healthy environments in many poor and minority communities. There are many books in the field that are quite good but this book will always be a classic.
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