Polluted Promises by Melissa Checker
Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town

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Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co winner Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner Up! Over the past two decades, environmental racism has become the rallying cry for many communities as they discover the contaminations of toxic chemicals and industrial waste in their own backyards.Living next door to factories and industrial sites for years, the people in these communities often have record health problems and debilitating medical conditions. Melissa Checker tells the story of one such neighborhood, Hyde Park, in Augusta, Georgia, and the tenacious activism of its two hundred African American families. This community, at one time surrounded by nine polluting industries, is struggling to make their voices heard and their community safe again. Polluted Promises shows that even in the post civil rights era, race and class are still key factors in determining the politics of pollution.

 

About Melissa Checker

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Melissa Checker is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Memphis.
 
Published August 1, 2005 by NYU Press reference. 289 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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