Fighting to Breathe: Race, Toxicity, and the Rise of Youth Activism in Baltimore (California Series in Public Anthropology #54) (Paperback)

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Industrial toxic emissions on the South Baltimore Peninsula are among the highest in the nation. Because of the concentration of factories and other chemical industries in their neighborhoods, residents face elevated rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses in addition to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease, all of which can lead to premature death. Fighting to Breathe follows a dynamic and creative group of high school students who decided to fight back against the race- and class-based health disparities and inequality in their city. For more than a decade, student organizers stood up to unequal land use practices and the proposed construction of an incinerator and instead initiated new waste management strategies. As a Baltimore resident and activist-scholar, Nicole Fabricant documents how these young organizers came to envision, design, and create a more just and sustainable Baltimore.

About the Author

Nicole Fabricant is Professor of Anthropology at Towson University in Maryland. She is the author of Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land and is co–executive editor of NACLA Report on the Americas.

Praise For…

“Eye-opening and inspiring."
— Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Fighting to Breathe [is] an important resource for undergraduate classrooms, particularly in this moment when critical justice approaches to teaching climate change are essential."
— New Politics

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520379329
ISBN-10: 0520379322
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: December 13th, 2022
Pages: 266
Language: English
Series: California Series in Public Anthropology


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