Subaltern Environmentalism in Can Sant Joan, Catalonia

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In this piece I analyse the ways in which marginalized communities respond to intentional environmental discrimination by political and economic elites. In order to do so, I briefly reflect on the terms subalternity and environmentalism; and I characterize subaltern environmentalism in terms of political orientation, types of communities involved, conception of the environment and issues of concern, and positionality. In order to test the previously developed blueprint I use the case
study of Can Sant Joan (Catalonia), a working-class migrant neighbourhood where a movement against waste incineration emerged when the Asland cement plant got a permission to use refuse derived fuels in 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThrough the Working Class
Subtitle of host publicationEcology and Society Investigated Through the Lens of Labour
EditorsSilvio Cristiano
PublisherEdizioni Ca'Foscafri
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-6969-296-3
ISBN (Print)978-88-6969-297-0
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameCulture del lavoro
PublisherEdizioni Ca'Foscari
ISSN (Print)2610-8852
ISSN (Electronic)2610-9379

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  • Subaltern environmentalism
  • Environmental justice
  • Waste incineration

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