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Main Title Flint fights back : environmental justice and democracy in the Flint water crisis /
Author Pauli, Benjamin J.,
Publisher The MIT Press,
Year Published 2019
OCLC Number 1054375813
ISBN 9780262536868; 0262536862; 9780262039857; 0262039850
Subjects Environmental justice--Michigan--Flint ; Political participation--Michigan--Flint ; Water quality management--Michigan--Flint ; Water quality--Michigan--Flint River ; Drinking water--Lead content--Michigan--Flint ; Flint (Mich)--Environmental conditions ; Flint (Mich)--Social conditions ; Ecology
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELAM  GE235.M53P38 2019 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 09/16/2019
ERAM  GE235.M53P38 2019 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 02/18/2020
Collation xxxi, 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
An account of the Flint water crisis shows that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water is part of a broader struggle for democracy. When Flint, Michigan, changed its source of municipal water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, Flint residents were repeatedly assured that the water was of the highest quality. At the switchover ceremony, the mayor and other officials performed a celebratory toast, declaring "Here's to Flint!" and downing glasses of freshly treated water. But as we now know, the water coming out of residents' taps harbored a variety of contaminants, including high levels of lead. In Flint Fights Back, Benjamin Pauli examines the water crisis and the political activism that it inspired, arguing that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water was part of a broader struggle for democracy. Pauli connects Flint's water activism with the ongoing movement protesting the state of Michigan's policy of replacing elected officials in financially troubled cities like Flint and Detroit with appointed "emergency managers." Pauli distinguishes the political narrative of the water crisis from the historical and technical narratives, showing that Flint activists' emphasis on democracy helped them to overcome some of the limitations of standard environmental justice frameworks. He discusses the pro-democracy (anti-emergency manager) movement and traces the rise of the "water warriors"; describes the uncompromising activist culture that developed out of the experience of being dismissed and disparaged by officials; and examines the interplay of activism and scientific expertise. Finally, he explores efforts by activists to expand the struggle for water justice and to organize newly mobilized residents into a movement for a radically democratic Flint.