Environmental Inequalities and Democratic Citizenship: Linking Normative Theory with Empirical Research

Fabian Schuppert, Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to link empirical findings concerning environmental inequalities with different normative yard-sticks for assessing whether these inequalities should be deemed unjust, or not. We argue that such an inquiry must necessarily take into account some caveats regarding both empirical research and normative theory. We suggest that empirical results must be contextualised by establishing geographies of risk. As a normative yard-stick we propose a moderately demanding social-egalitarian account of justice and democratic citizenship, which we take to be best suited to identify unjust as well as legitimate instances of socio-environmental inequality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-366
    Number of pages20
    JournalAnalyse & Kritik
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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