Calling on all graduate students with an interest in social justice and the environment!
Spring Semester 2010
P680, Section 15637
Wednesdays 5:45-8:15 PM in SYC 146
Dr. Stephanie C. Kane of the Department of Criminal Justice in collaboration with
the Center for the Study of Global Change has created a new graduate level seminar in Environmental Justice for spring semester 2010.
This seminar offers an interdisciplinary exploration of approaches to environmental justice, i.e., a 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.
A small collection of short essays (to be selected) will frame initial discussion, followed by:
Escobar, Arturo. 2008. Territories of Difference: place, movements, life, redes.
Durham: Duke University Press.
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.
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.
Dr. Stephanie Kane
Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University
Phone: (812) 855-0896, (812) 855-9325
CultureX Web site: www.indiana.edu/~culturex