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Redressing Information Inequality through Social Justice Research: The Case of Environmental Justice

PAQ, Vol. 33 No. 4, (2009)

Within the context of environmental justice, this essay will identify publicly available socio-economic data sets and suggest how they may be used for more effective empirical research (allowing for collaboration between scholars and practitioners). For analytical purposes, the important questions regarding any given instance of environmental injustice fall into four broad categories: problem definition, history of the problem, measurement of the problem, and availability of solutions to the problem. There is very little in the experience of most citizens, or most public officials, which would prepare them to embark upon this kind of scavenger hunt. Providing some clues, and even a rough map, to aid in the search for answers is the purpose of this article.

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