Environmental Justice in Latin America: Problems, Promise, by David V. Carruthers

By David V. Carruthers

Students and activists examine the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice flow, delivering research and case reports that illustrate the connections among renowned environmental mobilization and social justice within the quarter.

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I Environmental Justice in Latin America? Global and Conceptual Challenges 1 Tracing Race: Mapping Environmental Formations in Environmental Justice Research in Latin America Juanita Sundberg Trabajo como negro para vivir como blanco. ] —saying common in Mexico In a recent volume, Ariel Dulitzky of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States argues that Latin America is a region in denial about racial discrimination and racism. Dulitzky (2005, p. ” In Dulitzky’s view, national mythologies of racial harmony such as mestizaje [racial mixing] in Mexico and racial democracy in Brazil conceal the place of race in organizing social relations, while also masking official policies of whitening in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

This definition recognizes that racial categories are not dependent upon notions of biological difference, but may incorporate a wide range of cultural expressions. Third, in keeping with the schema outlined by Nancy Appelbaum, Anne Macpherson, and Karin Rosemblatt (2003b, p. ” From these definitions, I hope it is clear that my intent is not to reify racial categories as natural, but to understand how they come into being. What Is the Place of Race in Organizing Social and Environmental Relations?

2003b, p. 4). As noted above, liberal visions of universal citizenship were underwritten by race, gender, and class hierarchies, which restricted who was eligible for citizenship (Dore and Molyneux 2000). Within paradoxical liberalism, then, whiteness became the socio-cultural standard against which other social categories were measured and racial diversity was framed as an obstacle to democratization (Bonnett 2000). Debates centered on whether or not these racial and cultural “impediments” could be overcome with blanqueamiento or whitening through civilizing projects and racial improvement (Stepan 1991).

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