Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (August 10, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #607,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #119 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Environmental > Waste Management #537 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Public Affairs & Policy > Environmental Policy #719 in Books > Textbooks > Science & Mathematics > Environmental Studies
Pellow's book is an original attempt to highlight race in the context of the global trade in toxic and hazardous waste material. He traces the connections between social justice movements around the world and the ways in which they put pressure on notorious toxic corporations. He rightfully points out that despite the fact that the urban social justice movement in the US has successfully theorized race, this has not been done for the transnational market in toxic matter. He therefore brings in the racialized politics and ideology at work in transnational institutions that have thus far failed to address the pressing issue of toxic dumping in the developing world, particularly in countries of the global south inhabited by people of color who are poor.
Chapters 4 thru 6 are the most worthwhile parts of this book. These chapters provide good info about the global links and struggles of environmental groups, especially between activists rooted in the more well-off industrialized countries and poorer third world countries, around issues like dumping of toxic wastes, the poisonous effects of the socalled "Green Revolution" (which was basically a market-growing initiative of the petrochemical industry), and the growing problem of dumping of worn out or obsolete electronics gear.I think it would have been helpful if he'd gone more into the toxics associated with manufacturing of electronics. Most of this manufacturing has been moved to the third world in part to escape tougher environmental laws in "first world" countries (as is pointed out in the book). These chapters also highlight a number of the victories that these cross border movements have been able to achieve.Unfortunately the book is disfigured by excessive amounts of unclear academic post-modernist jargon and an endless array of acronymns. The author doesn't have an adequate analysis of what capitalism is, and ends up substituting the hopelessly vague concept of "modernity."
Pellow is quite knowledgeable and has a LOT of information to share. I learned a ton, some of which made me uncomfortable about the shame of our consumerism and exploitation. You have to have a lot of time to read it - it's quite meaty.
Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice (Urban and Industrial Environments) Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (Urban and Industrial Environments) Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (Urban and Industrial Environments) Precautionary Politics: Principle and Practice in Confronting Environmental Risk (Urban and Industrial Environments) American Studies as Transnational Practice: Turning toward the Transpacific (Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies) Hydrology and Global Environmental Change (Understanding Global Environmental Change) Evaluation of Industrial Disability: Prepared by the Committee of the California Medical Association and Industrial Accident Commission of the State ... of Joint Measures in Industrial Injury Cases. Waves of Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties (People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P) Water on Tap: Rights and Regulation in the Transnational Governance of Urban Water Services (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society) Beyond Resource Wars: Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, and International Cooperation (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation) Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Public Health/Environmental Health) Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (Global Insecurities) Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems (Criminology and Justice Studies) Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments (Environmental Humanities) The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) BEARly Resisting (Romance on the Go) The Big Book of Restorative Justice: Four Classic Justice & Peacebuilding Books in One Volume (Justice and Peacebuilding) Comparative, International, and Global Justice: Perspectives from Criminology and Criminal Justice Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective (Youth, Crime, and Justice)