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SustainabilityApproaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power$
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Julie Sze

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479894567

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479894567.001.0001

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Equality in the Air We Breathe

Equality in the Air We Breathe

Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability

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(p.246) 10 Equality in the Air We Breathe
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Sustainability
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Lindsey Dillon

Julie Sze

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479894567.003.0011

This chapter brings an interdisciplinary and social justice perspective to the concept and practices of "sustainability" by foregrounding the work of anti-racist struggles in U.S. cities, like Black Lives Matter. It asserts that anti-racist struggles have always been struggles about life-sustaining environments, at least as "the environment" is defined by the environmental justice movement as the place where people "live, work, and play. It suggests an alternative notion of sustainability, as it has long been theorized by and lived through black and brown lives, focusing on breath and breathing as an intimate geography of race and toxic exposure. In so doing it contributes to the challenge to sustainability practitioners to rethink their ideologies and practices through a politics of difference.

Keywords:   environmental justice, geography, urban studies, gentrification, black studies

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