Heights community would benefit from empowerment and ownership in shaping their future and that of their community.

 

Motivation and Research Gap

 

     An anthropological study that gives values to all the stakeholders by creating a domain of “environmental justice knowledge” would be a valuable contribution to the research literature. The current literature privileges the “injustice” while neglecting the desired outcome of “justice” (Bullard 1990; Chavez 1993; Costner and Thornton 1990; Galea and Mony 2008; United Church of Christ 1987). As such, there is a need for anthropological study that focuses on the subjectivity in the creation and communication of the environmental health risk message. Such an assessment, from both an anthropological and public health perspective, that examines environmental health risk policy solutions combating engrained societal privileges and violences, would add to both discipline’s base of expertise in a manner that learns from the past and the present while seeking to work towards a positive future. Additionally, translating those environmental risk findings through issues of health inequalities, and their construction, is not a specific focus of anthropology. This thesis seeks to provide both, hence becoming part of an applied academia that resolves a gap in contemporary literature specifically concerning justice in risk assessment.

 

Thesis Overview 

 

In chapter two I conduct a literature review. I will also examine the environmental policies and regulations that relate to remediation efforts in the United States and Florida. Chapter three provides the study design and methodology. It will provide a greater familiarity of the research setting and procedures.