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Environmental Justice in the New Millennium

Global Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Human Rights

  • Filomina Chioma Steady

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Filomina C. Steady
      Pages 1-13
  3. Linking History, Theory, and Praxis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Race, Place, and Human Rights

      1. Glenn S. Johnson
        Pages 17-45
      2. Filomina C. Steady
        Pages 47-64
      3. Celene Krauss
        Pages 65-89
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Brazil, Jamaica, Nigeria, Guinea, South Africa, India, and the United Kingdom

      1. Christen A. Smith
        Pages 93-114
      2. David Tabachnick
        Pages 165-188
      3. Mashile F. Phalane, Filomina C. Steady
        Pages 189-201
      4. Pashington Obeng
        Pages 203-211
      5. Judy Ling Wong
        Pages 213-229
  5. Hurricane Katrina

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Implications for Human Rights and Civil Rights

      1. Hope Lewis
        Pages 233-251
      2. Clenora Hudson-Weems
        Pages 253-265
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-283

About this book


Environmental Justice is one of the most important human rights challenges today. It refers to inequitable environmental burdens born by groups such as racial minorities, residents of economically disadvantaged areas, or residents of developing nations. This book explores this subject with case studies from various parts of the world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Filomina Chioma Steady
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Africana Studies (Gender Studies/Environmental Justice)Wellesley CollegeUSA

About the editors

FILOMINA STEADY is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies (Gender Studies and Environmental Justice) at Wellesley College, USA. She is a recipient of the Otelia Cromwell Distinguished Alumna award from Smith College and obtained her doctorate (D.Phil.) from Oxford University where she received the Ioma Evans-Pritchard Research Award. She has taught at several universities in the United States and in Africa. Her publications include the award-winning anthology, The Black Woman Cross-Culturally and two recent books, Women and Amistad Connection, and Women and Collective Action in Africa. She has served as a Director and Special Advisor to the United Nations in Vienna, Geneva, New York and Addis Ababa, and is a founding member of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD).

Bibliographic information


"Professor Steady has anthologized an excellent collection of articles illustrating the scope and range of environmental justice concerns. In these well-written and researched articles, we are shown that the need for environmental justice activism, for those persons who are poor, gendered, or of color, is a global concern. This volume makes it clear that while the environmental Justice movement has its roots in the environmental and civil rights history of the United States - the problems of environmental neglect prevalent in the United States has been and continues to be a global problem. Drawing together research on environmental justice history, theory and praxis, coupled with powerful case studies, including the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, this book is highly recommended to environmental scholars and activists or anyone interested in understanding the value of environmental justice from a global perspective. Environmental Justice in the New Millennium: Global Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Human Rights is a needed and welcome addition to the Environmental Justice literature. Professor Steady is to be commended." - Bill E. Lawson, University of Memphis