Writing reflection essay


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Environmental Justice and the State

Students need to complete the readings and take time to think thoughtfully about them in order to participate in classroom activities. Therefore,I ask student to complete seven reading memos over the duration of the course. Reading reflection need to be formatted as at least one page, single-spaced, 12pt. font, with one-inch margins, and no header, word count at least 700. Need to provide a brief synopsis of what the reading was about, define and provide examples of the main concepts, and propose questions for the class. Feel free to draw connections between prior class readings, discussions, or lived experiences.

Reading list:

1. Pellow, David Naguib. 2008."The State and Policy: Imperialism, exclusion, and ecological violence as state policy." in Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociologyedited by K. A. Gould and T. L. Lewis. New York: Oxford University Press.10/31:

2. Pellow, David Naguib. 2018. Ch. 3 “Prisons and the Fight for Environmental Justice.” In What is Critical Environmental Justice?Polity Press, Medford, MA

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School: Duke University



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Reading Reflection
David Pellow talks about state policy as one of the main contributors to environmental
policy, and hence a great determinant of environmental harm for the purpose of making profit. The
state manages to benefit the few powerful and wealthy individuals by allowing them to make use
of the market forces and political institutions which combine forces to yield ecological
disorganization which is laden with state-facilitated pollution and ecological withdrawals in the
form of the excessive extraction of natural resources. The powerful and wealthy minority perform
these acts of environmental harm at the expense of the poor and less powerful majority who are
paid lower wages despite being used to commit these acts that significantly deteriorate the
environment. This is commonly known as the treadmill of production, and its ecologically
destructive practices lead to the pollution o...

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