Constructing insignificance: critical race perspectives on institutional failure in environmental justice communities

  title={Constructing insignificance: critical race perspectives on institutional failure in environmental justice communities},
  author={Lauren Richter},
  journal={Environmental Sociology},
  pages={107 - 121}
  • Lauren Richter
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
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