Privilege and responsibility in environmental justice research

Lockie, Stewart (2018) Privilege and responsibility in environmental justice research. Environmental Sociology, 4 (2). pp. 175-180.

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[Extract] No other topic has appeared more frequently in Environmental Sociology over the last three years than that of environmental justice. Interestingly, this is not true of the field more broadly - something I will come back to later. My principal concern in this essay is to reflect on the positions of privilege that authors of environmental justice studies generally occupy with respect to the subjects of their research. The fact of researchers occupying different social positions to those they research is not a problem, per se, and nor it is universally true. But it does raise questions about the power relations implicated in research relationships, about the ethical conduct of research, about whose knowledge counts when claims of injustice are made or contested, and about who 'owns' the idea of environmental justice.

Item ID: 53278
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2325-1042
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 03:50
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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