Drawing on an array of
historical and contemporary case studies from across the country, Taylor
explores controversies over racially-motivated decisions in zoning laws,
eminent domain, government regulation (or lack thereof), and urban renewal. She
provides a comprehensive overview of the debate over whether or not there is a
link between environmental transgressions and discrimination, drawing a clear
picture of the state of the environmental justice field today and where it is
going. In doing so, she introduces new concepts and theories for understanding
environmental racism that will be essential for environmental justice scholars.
A fascinating landmark study, Toxic
Communities greatly contributes to the study of race, the environment, and
space in the contemporary United States.