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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (Sept. 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026266187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262661874
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,058,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With more landfills per square mile than any other American city, Chicago has had some particularly colorful controversies over waste disposal over the last century. University of Colorado-Boulder sociology professor David Naguib Pellow traces these conflicts in Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago, examining how poor neighborhoods come to be burdened with a disproportionate amount of pollution and refuse. He offers background on Chicago's waste management from the 1880s to the present, focusing in particular on the struggle for environmental justice of the last two decades, and shows how "environmentally friendly" technologies like recycling plants and waste-to-energy incinerators actually end up adding to the pollution in poor neighborhoods.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"...insightfully assesses the ability of those at the bottom of the heap to mount an effective resistance for environmental justice." Jack Smith Environment



"...An indispensable book for anyone interested in waste...or the continued effects of racism and classism in American society." Elizabeth D. Blum The Public Historian


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very interesting, but don't let this be your only guide Nov. 5 2007
By Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I came across this book while doing research on community-based organizations and the environment in Chicago. It's very informative because it gives a historical overview of Chicago's waste management, and because it gets into the nitty-gritty of conflicts within nonprofits in Chicago. There were a couple places though where I had to raise my eyebrow because the analysis seemed a little suspect. For example, the author uses cases of illegal dumping in Chicago to show how minority groups may be more concerned with recycling and the environment than is often thought in mainstream environmental organizations. It seems a little strange to equate recycling centers, and companies that only call themselves recyclers but are actually illegal dumpers.
thought provoking book. Sept. 13 2013
By Marijke van Roojen - Published on Amazon.com
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Do you know what happens to your own garbage? Who has to deal with you waste? Recycling? Interesting history of racial discrimination that harms so many of our communities from the perspective of what happens with our garbage. What an eye opening book!


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