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Environmental Justice and the Silicon Valley: Use the following concepts from Racial Formation Theory to explain the case of the Silicon Valley:
Environmental Justice and the Silicon Valley:
Use the following concepts from Racial Formation Theory to explain the case of the Silicon Valley: race as a social construct, racial project, racial social structure, racial ideology, dominant and subordinate groups, and political contestation.
What do Omi and Winant mean by "race is a social construct? What are the various racial projects taking place in the Silicon Valley as described in the article: "Racial Formation, Environmental Racism, and the Emergence of the Silicon Valley"? How is race being contested in this valley? Is racial environmental policy making strictly a decision made by public officials? How would you describe racial ideology in the Silicon Valley case. Describe the racial social structure in this case study and the dominant and subordinate groups or communities.
Pesticides and UFW
What differentiates an environmental justice and mainstream environmental issue? How is this differentiation explicit in the case of pesticides and the UFW? How does one's position within a social formation affect how one experiences an environmental problem? Use the case of the UFW's pesticide campaign from 1965-71 in explaining positionality. What was the responses of mainstream environmentalists and farm workers to the problem of pesticides?
Environmental Justice In The 21st Century
What is Dr. Robert Bullard's Environmental Justice Framework? Describe this framework's elements. How has Environmental Justice changed the environmental protection paradigm? What is environmental racism according to Dr. Bullard? How does exclusionary zoning (and rezoning) by government authority and power foster and perpetuate discriminatory practices.