ERIC Number: EJ869477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
Rethinking the Scope of Environmental Injustice: Perceptions of Health Hazards in a Rural Native American Community Exposed to Carbon Black
Shriver, Thomas E.; Webb, Gary R.
Rural Sociology, v74 n2 p270-292 Jun 2009
We use in-depth interviews, participant observation, and document analysis to examine perceptions of environmental health and justice among Native Americans in a rural Oklahoma community. Residents live near the Continental Carbon Company, which manufactures a rubber compound know as "carbon black." Ponca tribal members believe their respiratory problems and other health concerns are directly related to the black dust emanating from the facility, but they have been unable to validate their health claims through institutional channels. We examine how Native American respondents interpret the environmental pollution as a threat not only to their health and well-being but also to their sense of community. We address the perceived pattern of institutional denial and highlight the obstacles facing an impoverished Native American community attempting to validate their environmental health claims.
Descriptors: Participant Observation, American Indians, Pollution, Tribes, Interviews, Rural Areas, Well Being, Environment, Manufacturing, Health, Health Conditions, Poverty, Justice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma