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Volatile Places: A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies is a thoughtful guide to the spirited public controversies that inevitably occur when environments and human communities collide. The movie "An Inconvenient Truth" based on the environmental activism of Al Gore and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina are specifically highlighted. Authors Valerie Gunter and Steve Kroll-Smith begin with a simple observation and offer a provocative case study approach to the investigation of community and environmental controversies.

Perceptions of Fairness
Perceptions of fairness

Is it fair to locate a hazardous waste site in an historically black community already surrounded by these sites? Is it fair to build a chemical plant down the road from a high school? Is it fair to bust unions who represent workers who are exposed to all kinds of nasty, toxic stuff while at the job site? Is it fair? No. Does it happen? Yes.

Resident of St. Gabriel, Louisiana1

You know what's not fair? Lots of people in this town who say, “Keep the jobs out. We don't want your jobs!” That's what they're saying when they oppose this landfill expansion. Sixty-five new jobs will be created by this expansion and a good deal of additional tax revenue. We need ...

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