The politics of illegal dumping: An environmental justice framework

David Pellow

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Studies of the intersection between environmental hazards and community demographics have concluded that environmental inequality is prevalent in communities across the United States. While these studies offer persuasive indicators of environmental inequality, we still have little understanding of the social forces involved in the production of these unequal outcomes. Drawing on a case study of a community of color facing illegal dumping, I propose an environmental justice framework to explain the social dynamics that produced this outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-525
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004


  • Environmental inequality
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental racism


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