Oberlin Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Parris will present the talk, "Perceptions of Environmental Injustice Among Black Americans." Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on social inequality, with specialization in environmental injustice, social movements, and mixed-methods research design.
In the United States, there is a great deal of environmental injustice, the inequity in how environmental burdens are distributed across various populations. Previous research indicates that communities of color and poor communities are more likely to be exposed to environmental burdens, while white and middle- and upper-class neighborhoods are more likely to experience environmental benefits. Although there is substantial research on general justice evaluations, there is a lack of information regarding how specific individual-level racial and environmental factors, including racial identity, experiences with discrimination, and environmental identity, influence evaluations of environmental injustices.
This presentation explores these evaluations within the context of the black community.
The study draws on two surveys for data: black students at two elite universities (one predominantly white, one predominantly black), and a nationally-representative sample of black people living in the United States. Parris uses seemingly unrelated regression to analyze the data, with patterns suggesting that both black racial identity and environmental identity affect environmental justice evaluations.
This is an Ecolympics event sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability and sociology department.
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