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ERIC Number: EJ1050039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Significant Life Experiences and Environmental Justice: Positionality and the Significance of Negative Social/Environmental Experiences
Ceaser, Donovon
Environmental Education Research, v21 n2 p205-220 2015
Significant life experiences (SLE) research has been criticized for a disproportionate focus on privileged groups and positive experiences. In this paper, I use textual analysis to examine the SLEs within the Environmental Justice (EJ) literature. Theoretically, I blend feminist theory, the sociology of disaster, and research on EJ motives for activism to advance the notion of social/environmental positionality and marginality, characterized by toxic social/environmental relationships. Findings reveal that EJ activists describe the experience of EJ as three SLEs: the recognition of their social/environmental marginality, the embodied knowledge produced from their experiences, and the empowerment that comes from working with others in a community for EJ. These findings are compared to more traditional SLE's and I conclude with a discussion about the importance of positionality and negative experiences for SLE research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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