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Author Longhurst, James Lewis

Title Citizen environmentalists / James Longhurst

Publ Info Medford, Mass. : Tufts University Press ; Hanover [N.H.] : Published by University Press of New England, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  GE198.P4 L66 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxiv, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Civil society : historical and contemporary perspectives
Civil society
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Power to the public hearing : the importance of citizenship to the environmental movement -- The smoky city : public involvement in controlling air pollution in Pittsburgh -- "I belong here!" : citizens environmentalism in Pittsburgh and the United States -- Mother of urban skies : environmental education and the rhetoric of women's activism -- "Where the rubber meets the road" : implementation and the rhetoric scientific expertise of the Variance Board, 1970-1975 -- Citizens and the courts : United States Steel, Jones & Laughlin, and the limits of local control
Note Using a case study of environmental debates about air pollution in Pittsburgh during the late 1960s and early 1970s, James Longhurst examines larger trends in citizen activism outside party politics, linking those trends with the rights revolution of the late twentieth century. He draws upon journalistic accounts, archival documents, legal records, and interviews to explore the actions and arguments of GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution). This group of environmental activists gained access to political power through claims to citizenship and scientific expertise, supported by the organizational skills, social capital, and maternal rhetoric of middle-class women. Once they gained entry to a newly confrontational policy process, the group engaged in furious public debates over implementation, enforcement, and employment, all amid the decline of Pittsburgh's industrial economy. The grassroots actions of GASP, and many other groups like it across the nation, show that new developments in policy-making, concepts of citizenship, and the long-standing tradition of middle-class women's civic activism did more to drive the creation of the modern environmental movement than did changes in environmental philosophy.--From publisher description
LC subject Environmentalism -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History -- 20th century
Environmentalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Air -- Pollution -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History
Environmental policy -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Citizen participation -- History
Environmental policy -- United States -- Citizen participation -- History
GASP (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History
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