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The Supervision of Environmental Risk: The Case of HCB Waste or Botany/Randwick?


James, P, The Supervision of Environmental Risk: The Case of HCB Waste or Botany/Randwick?, Journal of Environmental Management, 90, (4) pp. 1576-1582. ISSN 0301-4797 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.05.012


The governance activities of capital and the state include attempts to control the timing and spacing of social activities such as the production of environmental risks and settlement of different social groups. The supervisory activities that have shaped the environmental and social history of the Botany/Randwick area are identified here, to examine how the HCB waste risk developed in that community. The analysis shows that multiple environmental risks and an ethnically diverse, working class community have been brought together in space to create environmental injustice. Analysing the governance of one environmental risk like hexachlorobenzene (HCB) waste may not increase understanding about communities facing multiple environmental risks or the supervisory processes that lead to the unfair accumulation of risks for particular places or social groups. Lessons from the environmental justice movement suggest that reframing problems like HCB waste management at Botany/Randwick as distributive justice issues may contribute to governance arrangements that better manage multiple risks and pollution sources in space affecting marginalised communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Author:James, P (Dr Peggy James)
ID Code:92196
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-06-10
Last Modified:2014-06-10

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