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http://jbs.sagepub.com Journal of Black Studies DOI: 10.1177/0021934705280411 2006; 36; 473 Journal of Black Studies Robert Emmet Jones and Shirley A. Rainey Community of Color Examining Linkages between Race, Environmental Concern, Health, and Justice in a Highly Polluted http://jbs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/4/473 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Journal of Black Studies Additional services and information for http://jbs.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://jbs.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://jbs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/36/4/473 Citations at UNIV CALIFORNIA DAVIS on August 1, 2009 http://jbs.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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10.1 7 /0 2193470528041 JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES / MARCH 20 6 Jones, Rainey / LINKS BETWE N RACE, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH EXAMINING LINKAGES BETWEEN RACE, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN, HEALTH, AND JUSTICE IN A HIGHLY POLLUTED COMMUNITY OF COLOR ROBERT EMMET JONES University of Tennessee SHIRLEY A. RAINEY Austin Peay State University Currently, there is a limited amount of research on Black attitudes toward theenvironment. Moreover,possiblelinkages between race, environmental attitudes, and perceptions about environmental health and justice have not been examined in the United States. This study contributes to this literature by assessing several of these linkages using data obtained from a survey of 247 residents living in or around a highly polluted community of color. It found that public perceptions about environmental health problems and environmental justice were significantly linked to race and public concern for local environmental problems. Blacks are more likely than Whites to believe they are being exposed to poorer environmental conditions, suffer more related health problems, and think that local public agencies and offi- cials have not dealt with environmental problems in their neighborhood in a just, equitable, and effective manner. Keywords: race; environmental concern; health and justice Although scientific consensus has not been reached, there is ample evidence to suggest that race and class are importance deter- minants of the location of environmental pollution, degradation, 473 JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES, Vol. 36 No. 4, March 2006 473-496 DOI: 10.1177/0021934705280411 © 2006 Sage Publications at UNIV CALIFORNIA DAVIS on August 1, 2009 http://jbs.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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2002; Foster, 1993; Goldman, 1994: Jones, 1998; Mohai, 2003; Mohai & Bryant, 1992; Zaharan, 2003; but see Bowen, 2001). This research has helped us to understand how many of the hidden costs of an affluent society are likely to be paid by people of color and other disadvantaged groups through high levels of exposure to environmental risks. People of color and the poor are more likely
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