Theories of environmental justice

De Kleyn, L and Ryan, M 2016, 'Theories of environmental justice' in Amanda Kennedy (ed.) Environmental justice and land use conflict : the governance of mineral and gas resource development, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 18-41.


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Title Theories of environmental justice
Author(s) De Kleyn, L
Ryan, M
Year 2016
Title of book Environmental justice and land use conflict : the governance of mineral and gas resource development
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Editor(s) Amanda Kennedy
Start page 18
End page 41
Subjects Natural Resource Management
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Access to Justice
Summary Introduction The fundamental proposition of this book is that justice is central to cases of land use conflict concerning resource extraction and development. Before continuing with evidence for this proposition (provided in Chapters 3 to 6), it is necessary to discuss how the concept of justice is conceived in this book. Justice is a multifaceted concept - one that has been theorised and analysed throughout history and across many disciplines. It has 'different meanings for different people' (Tschakert 2009: 731) and is 'situated and contextual, grounded in the circumstances of time and place' (Walker 2012: 11). In this book, 'environmental justice' is used to bring together key justice themes relevant to resource allocation and land use as a 'broad, overarching concept encompassing all justice issues in environmental decision-making' (Ikeme 2003: 200). This chapter elaborates how justice has been understood within the environmental sphere, and how the causes of injustice have been explained. Schlosberg (2007) proposes a multivalent conception of environmental justice, incorporating the dimensions of distribution, participation, recognition and capabilities. This chapter draws particularly on Schlosberg's (2007) multivalent conception of environmental justice to elaborate on how justice has been understood within the environmental sphere, and how the causes of injustice have been explained.
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