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A Case of Organic Relationship between City and Contamination

  • Lorenzo Natali
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (PSGC)

Abstract

In this chapter, I examine Huelva, a town in southern Spain, heavily polluted by a huge industrial and chemical plant built during the 1960s in close proximity to the town. This case of environmental crime is guided by questions such as: How do people live and give a meaning to their experiences in contaminated places? What is the link between the awareness (or, conversely, the denial) of the risks present in a contaminated environment, the experiences of environmental injustice and suffering of the inhabitants and the collective inaction? These questions provide the springboard from which I consider how we might approach the multiple ways in which particular narratives and vocabularies of motives are accepted or opposed by the victims of an environmental disaster.

Keywords

Huelva Environmental contamination Radical interactionism Social perception Environmental victims 

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  • Lorenzo Natali
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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