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Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice (Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique)

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Publisher Comments:

The first book length study of the environmental justice movement, tourism, and the links between race, class, and waste.

Tourism is at once both a beloved pastime and a denigrated form of popular culture. Romanticized for its promise of pleasure, tourism is also potentially toxic, enabling the deadly exploitation of the cultures and environments visited. For many decades, the environmental justice movement has offered and#8212;toxic tours,and#8212; non-commercial trips intended to highlight people and locales polluted by poisonous chemicals. Out of these efforts and their popular reception, a new understanding of democratic participation in

environmental decision-making has begun to arise. Phaedra C. Pezzullo examines these tours as a tactic of resistance and for their potential in reducing the cultural and physical distance between hosts and visitors.

Pezzullo begins by establishing the ambiguous roles tourism and the toxic have played in the U.S. cultural imagination since the mid-20th century in a range of spheres, including Hollywood films, women's magazines, comic books, and scholarly writings. Next, drawing on participant observation, interviews, documentaries, and secondary accounts in popular media, she identifies and examines a range of tourist performances enabled by toxic tours. Extended illustrations of the racial, class, and gender politics involved include Louisianaand#8217;s and#8212;Cancer Alley,and#8212; Californiaand#8217;s San Francisco Bay Area, and the Mexican border town of Matamoros. Weaving together social critiques of tourism and community responses to toxic chemicals, this critical, rhetorical, and cultural analysis brings into focus the tragedy of ongoing patterns of toxification and our assumptions about travel, democracy, and pollution.

Book News Annotation:

An effective tool for raising public awareness of egregious cases of pollution, so-called toxic tours highlight as well the disparate impact pollution has on low-income populations. In this well-researched study, Pezzullo (communication and culture, Indiana U.) describes the people, businesses, politics, environment, and histories of several toxic tours, while maintaining a focus on rhetoric and its use by those in power. Highlighting stubborn and prevalent attitudes and mores in American commerce and society, this study engages with questions of ethics and class as they are played out in the use of the environment. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The first book length study of the environmental justice movement, tourism, and the links between race, class, and waste.

About the Author

Phaedra C. Pezullo is Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University and coeditor, with Ronald Sandler, of Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: Assessing the Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817315504
Subtitle:
Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Editor:
Lucaites, John Louis
Author:
Pezzullo, Phaedra Carmen
Author:
Pezzullo, Phaedra C.
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Hazardous waste sites
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental justice.
Subject:
Tourism -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Rhetoric
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult and Soc Crit
Publication Date:
20090510
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 illustrations
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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