SOC 211 Fall 2012 Race and the Environment (D)

Cross Listed as AFR211, AMST211, ENVI211
In contemporary societies, race remains an enduring impediment to the achievement of equality. Generally understood as a socially meaningful way of classifying human bodies hierarchically, race manifests itself in a number of arenas, including personal experience, economic production and distribution, and political organization. In this course, we will explore how race emerges in local and global environmental issues, like pollution and climate change. We will begin with a review of some of the landmark texts in Environmental Studies that address "environmental racism," like Robert Bullard's Dumping in Dixie and David Pellow's Garbage Wars. We will examine how and to what extent polluting facilities like landfills, oil refineries, and sewage treatment plants are disproportionately located in communities of color; we will also pay attention to how specific corporations create the underlying rationale for plotting industrial sites. After outlining some of the core issues raised in this scholarship, we will turn to cultural productions--like literature, film, and music--to understand how people of color respond to environmental injustice and imagine the natural world.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, 2-3 short papers (5-7 pages), and a self-scheduled final
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
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Class Number: 1283
SOC211-01(F) LEC Race and the Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative James A. Manigault-Bryant
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Schapiro Hall 129 1283
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