Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 April 2009

208 Pages | 3 b/w illus., 37 b/w halftones

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195372939

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Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown

Javier Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun

  • First book to analyze the timely topic of environmental/human consequences of unregulated industrial growth
  • Close up observation and individual stories show the suffering of a community of a polluted shantytown
  • A unique collaboration between a sociologist and anthropologist where one of the authors (Swistun) was born, raised, and lived in Flammable throughout the research. As a result of this book Swistun became aware of her own health problems as a likely consequence of living in Flammable and now works on a government project to improve living conditions in the neighborhood and relocate the residents.
  • As environmental problems mount throughout the world, this book squarely places the miserable physical environment where the poor live at the center of the study of urban poverty and inequality.

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