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There are currently over 130 million Americans living in close proximity to petrochemical and other industrial plants that put their health and livelihood at risk. Many of these communities are composed of minority and low income groups who have little social mobility to change their circumstances. An 85 mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans has been dubbed "Cancer Alley," as it contains the highest concentration of petrochemical plants in all of the nation, as well as high rates of cancer. This thesis aims to interpret the way that communities suffering from injustices in their environment tell their story of suffering in order to achieve recognition and change, ultimately asserting that it is the voices of people in these communities that are the most significant in facilitating change in environmental justice cases.
Martell, Jack, "The Framing of Health: An Interpretive Analysis of the Strength of Community Framing in ‘Cancer Alley’" (2017). Standard Theses. 134.
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