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The Drug Company Next DoorPollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico$
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Alexa S. Dietrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724996.001.0001

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Environmental Justice Is Not Always Just

Environmental Justice Is Not Always Just

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The Drug Company Next Door

Alexa S. Dietrich

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the sometimes unexpected dynamics that exist between non-profit groups that are supposedly working toward the same goal (environmental protection). Through their cultural and political influence, the pharmaceutical companies in and around Nocorá have created a cultural perspective about the environment that serves them. However, the conflicting relationship between the Tipan activists and a larger NGO that is tied to the pharmaceuticals is not a simple one in which the larger NGO “sold out.” The chapter thus introduces legal and dispute resolution theories that can foster a more nuanced understanding about social conflict—an antidote to perceptions that such problems exist solely as either “black” or “white.”

Keywords:   NGOs, social conflict, dispute resolution theories, environmental protection, non-profit groups

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