Criminal Justice-COLL | Environmental Justice
P680 | 15637 | Kane


This seminar offers an interdisciplinary exploration of approaches
to environmental justice, broadly defined as: the critical analysis
of how scholars, legal practitioners and activists conceptualize and
intervene in destructive relationships between humans and habitats.
We will study the field of environmental justice as it has emerged
at the margins of anthropology, criminology and law, stretching
theories about rural and urban communities, space and place,
political ecology, organized crime, habitus, and social movements,
to wrestle with situations locally, regionally and globally. We will
experiment with worldviews, rhetorics, paradigms and popular culture
to find ways to analytically connect injustices of human inequality
with injustices against animals, plants and habitats.  In other
words, we will focus intensely on the interface between human rights
and ecological sustainability.

Readings and discussion will focus on three cultural-geographic
areas: South America, North America and South Asia. Dr. Kane will
bring her current ethnographic research on water in port cities of
Brazil and Argentina into the discussion. Independent research
projects will allow students to pursue relevant topics, theories,
methods and culture-geographic areas of their choice.

Readings:

A small collection of short essays (to be selected) will frame
initial discussion, followed by:

(Colombia)
Escobar, Arturo. 2008. Territories of Difference: place, movements,
life, redes. Durham: Duke University Press.

(United States)
Burns, Ronald, Michael Lynch and Paul Seretesky. 2008. Environmental
Law, Crime, and Justice. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Pezzulo, Phaedra. 2007. Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution,
Travel, and Environmental Justice. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama
Press.

(India)
Shiva, Vandana. 2002. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and
Profit. Cambridge: South End Press.

Fortun, Kim. 2001. Advocacy After Bhopal: Environmentalism,
Disaster, New Global Orders. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Class Meeting:  Wednesday, 5:45-8:15

Instructor:  Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department