Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism: The Challenge by David Schlosberg

By David Schlosberg

Within the first ever theoretical therapy of the environmental justice flow, David Schlosberg demonstrates the improvement of a brand new type of "critical" pluralism, in either idea and perform. His well timed and complicated examine offers a problem to either traditional pluralist suggestion and the practices of the key teams within the US environmental movement.

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Herbert Kitschelt's (1986) work, a study of the difference in the actions of anti-nuclear groups in different nations, is a good example 6 Inglehart acknowledges that the dualism of material/post-material is most likely artificial. He notes (1981: 885) that he is not dealing with pure materialists and post-materialists, but a continuum of people whose emphases are in one direction or the other, and vary in strength. 32 Environmentalism and Difference of an analysis that focuses on alienation from political input.

So we have on the one hand an argument for a singular system of environmental values which leaves open the question of policies and tactics, and on the other hand an argument for consensus on policy that accepts the moral pluralism of the movement. Both approaches accept some diversity, some contextuality, some variety in responses to environmental conditions—yet both authors argue for the need for a singularity or consensus on one or the other of these aspects of the movement. This practice of recognizing the movement's diversity, followed by criticisms of it and subsequent efforts toward synthesis is common in the recent literature (see also Caldwell 1990; Callicott 1990; Young 1990).

Melosi 1980). Environmental organizing around these urban issues, as well as workplace safety and health, and the special injustices faced by the poor, women, and minorities, are simply excluded from the standard histories. 2 One would think that as urban and non-resource issues have come more to the forefront of the environmental movement, recent attempts at history would be more open to the existing diversity, but this is not necessarily the case. Recent histories, including those of Sale (1993) and Shabecoff (1993), continue the tradition of excluding or slighting large portions of the movement, even as these become areas of the most intense organizing in the US environmental movement.

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