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Environmental harmAn eco-justice perspective$
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Rob White

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300403

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300403.001.0001

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Environmental justice and harm to humans

Environmental justice and harm to humans

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Environmental harm

Rob White

Policy Press

The main focus of this chapter is to explore how environmental harm is constructed in relation to humans. Environmental justice refers to the distribution of environments among peoples in terms of access to and use of specific natural resources in defined geographical areas, and the impacts of particular social practices and environmental hazards on specific human populations (e.g. as defined on the basis of class, occupation, gender, age, ethnicity). In other words, the concern is with matters of social justice in relation to environmental harm. The chapter explores social patterns of risk and harm pertaining to human populations, and the physical location and scale of environmental harm within particular geographical contexts.

Keywords:   Environmental justice, Environmental rights, Environmental equity, Precautionary principle, Environmental victimisation

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