Technological choice and environmental inequalities: the New England textile industry 1880-1930

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Book abstract: The world is full of environmental injustices and inequalities, yet few European historians have tackled these subjects head on; nor have they explored their relationships with social inequalities. In this innovative collection of historical essays the contributors consider a range of past environmental injustices, spanning seven northern and western European countries and with several chapters adding a North American perspective. In addition to an introductory chapter that surveys approaches to this area of environmental history, individual chapters address inequalities in the city as regards water supply, air pollution, waste disposal, factory conditions, industrial effluents, fuel poverty and the administrative and legal arrangements that discriminated against segments of society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives
EditorsGeneviève Massard-Guilbaud, Richard Rodger
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherWhite Horse Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781874267614
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • history
  • technology
  • New England
  • textile industry


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