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2013 (35) Issue 2
Aktuelle Themen der Soziologie

Issue co-editors: Prof. Ulrich Rosar, Universität Düsseldorf

Issue open for contributions.
If you consider a contribution to this issue of ANALYSE & KRITIK, please send in your proposal or paper for review.

 

2014 (36) Issue 1
Aktuelle Themen der Soziologie

Issue co-editors: Prof. Ulrich Rosar, Universität Düsseldorf

Issue open for contributions.
If you consider a contribution to this issue of ANALYSE & KRITIK, please send in your proposal or paper for review.

 

2014 (36) Issue 2
Environmental Justice: Empirical Concerns and Normative Reasoning

Issue co-editor: Gordon Walker (Lancaster)

Environmental philosophers and ethicists normally think of environmental problems as ones on a grand scale. Nowadays they often address climate change, its prospective global consequences and cosmopolitan normative dimensions. Meanwhile, however, epidemiologists, geographers and sociologists have worked on a more medium and local scale and collected a mass of data documenting the extremely uneven local environmental circumstances many people live under: circumstances pertaining to diminished health and life-qualities and potential risk of harm. The label “environmental justice” arose from the black community in the US but has travelled to the European context and to problems of a similar, if not as obviously racialised kind. According to the European Commission 500,000 people are dying per year due to pollution, and on average a year of reduced life-expectancy is due to environmental hazards. Whose lives these are is a pertinent question of inequality and potentially injustice, along with many others that might be asked about the consequences of uneven patterns of environmental quality and resource access in different parts of the world.
This issue plans to address the “environmental-justice frame” that provides the normative background for empirical studies in this field -- either the ethical presuppositions taken for granted in ongoing research or attempts at explicit normative argument. How do distributive, procedural, political and other forms of justice come into claim-making and relate to each other? How do empirical methods and justice concepts connect, and what new objects of concern are emerging? To what extent do we have a right to a healthy environment, and which institutions should be involved in achieving and sustaining this? Is local environmental justice part of social justice, or has it self-standing importance? How does environmental justice differ from and/or relate to ecological justice? What are its criteria, besides or beyond equality?
Deadline for this issue: September 2014.

Contributions addressing these (and related) questions are highly welcome. If interested, please send a short abstract of your prospective article to one of the editors.

 

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