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The bomb in my backyard, the serpent in my house: environmental justice, risk and the colonisation of attachment

Groves, Christopher ORCID: 2015. The bomb in my backyard, the serpent in my house: environmental justice, risk and the colonisation of attachment. Environmental Politics 24 (6) , pp. 853-873. 10.1080/09644016.2015.1067348

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Theorists have argued that environmental justice requires more than just the fair distribution of environmental benefits and harms. It also requires participation in environmental decisions of those affected by them, and equal recognition of their cultural identities, dimensions most clearly articulated in relation to indigenous struggles, where past devaluation of place-based cultural identities is seen as a source of injustice. I argue for an alternative concept of environmental justice that draws on accounts of how attachment (and place attachment specifically) is constitutive for both self-efficacy and collective agency in the face of an intrinsically uncertain future. Drawing on the work of Peter Marris and using a case study of UK gas pipeline infrastructure, I show how disruption to attachments also disrupts lived strategies for dealing with an uncertain future. The source of injustice involved in such disruption should be viewed as the ‘colonisation of attachment’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment; environmental justice; insecurity; lived future; place attachment; uncertainty
Additional Information: Published online: 07 Jul 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: June 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:09

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