Citizen Environmentalists (Civil Society: Historical and by James Longhurst

By James Longhurst

This identify deals a telling examine the lives and techniques of girls environmental activists within the Sixties, solidly grounded in a countrywide context. utilizing a case learn of environmental debates approximately pollution in Pittsburgh through the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, James Longhurst examines better tendencies in citizen activism outdoors social gathering politics, linking these traits with the rights revolution of the overdue 20th century. He attracts upon journalistic money owed, archival files, criminal documents, and interviews to discover the activities and arguments of GASP (Group opposed to Smog and Pollution). This staff of environmental activists won entry to political strength via claims to citizenship and medical services, supported by way of the organizational abilities, social capital, and maternal rhetoric of middle-class ladies. after they received access to a newly confrontational coverage method, the crowd engaged in livid public debates over implementation, enforcement, and employment, all amid the decline of Pittsburgh's business financial system. The grassroots activities of GASP, and lots of different teams love it around the country, convey that new advancements in policymaking, innovations of citizenship, and the longstanding culture of middle-class women's civic activism did extra to force the production of the trendy environmental stream than did adjustments in environmental philosophy.

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