Enacting environmental justice in Singapore:performative justice and the Green Volunteer Network

Date

2006

Authors

Hobson, Kersty

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Elsevier

Abstract

Environmental justice research has of late expanded beyond its' original focus on the distribution of environmental 'bads' to debate injustices at a wide array of sites and scales. Despite this expansion, the applicability of an environmental justice framework to seemingly apolitical and banal expressions of environmental concerns remains open to question. This paper argues that environmental justice struggles can be located in the mundane environmental politics of Singapore, by employing a performative rather than rights-based approach to both justice and politics. It draws on qualitative research into volunteers' practices in one Singaporean environmental organisation, and asserts that through their focus on experiential learning and re-inscribing 'developmental' spaces as spaces of care and justice, volunteers seek to redress the social, political and environmental injustices replete within the spatial politics of Singapore.

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Keywords: environmental justice; environmental politics; Asia; Eurasia; Singapore [Southeast Asia]; Southeast Asia Environmental justice; Performative; Singapore; Spatial politics

Citation

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Geoforum

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1016/j.geoforum.2005.08.004

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2037-12-31