The relationship between wealth and the placement of social 'nasties' within the Australian context

Dumont, Elizabeth (2007) The relationship between wealth and the placement of social 'nasties' within the Australian context. In: Proceedings of Environmental Research Event 2007. pp. 80-87. From: Environmental Research Event 2007, 2 - 5 December 2007, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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It is proposed to present a review of the literature on decisions relating to the siting of Locally Undesirable Land Uses within our communities, as these decisions have a significant impact on the lives of people who live in communities selected to play host to a LULU. This literature will be examined from a viewpoint of environmental, social and distributive justice. A qualitative approach will be used. It is hoped that it will be able to make use of an institutional analysis, and that it will be possible to make comparisons with regard to processes whereby decisions are made to site a LULU. As such, key directions for future research will be able to be identified.

Locally Undesirable Land Uses include manufacturing areas, as well as any associated waste storage facilities, prisons and airports, both domestic and international. Many will have technical or technological requirements that will dictate, to some degree, their siting. Mankind considers living in the proximity of these LULU’s undesirable for two main reasons: environment and amenity. Yet, the fact remains that all must be sited somewhere. Evidence indicates that many of these LULU’s are situated in close proximity to areas of either mixed ethnic composition or, if of homogenous ethnic composition, with low socio-economic indicators. Current debate in the literature revolves around whether this is the effect of racism or classism in the original siting decision, or of market forces in operation. A second key debate revolves around measuring environmental inequity itself – what measuring system do you use?

Item ID: 3221
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-48411-2
Keywords: environmental justice, town planning, zoning policies
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2009 01:00
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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