Date of Graduation

5-2017

Level of Access

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Number of Pages

86

First Advisor

Sonja Pieck

Second Advisor

Holly Ewing

Abstract

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.

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