White street landfill controversy: a case study in environmental justice and how experience overpowered ascendant but un-mobilized Tea party ideals

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rachel S. Madsen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
William Markham

Abstract: This thesis examines a controversy in Greensboro, North Carolina over proposals to reopen a municipal landfill to household waste. Key elements include how the outcome of the dispute was influenced by anti- and pro-landfill leaders and groups, or lack thereof, the formation of coalitions and alliances, each side's perspectives and arguments, and various historical factors. The primary data source was semi-structured interviews with 19 people who were directly involved in the landfill controversy. Other information came from local newspapers, public records, and documents, such as agendas and flyers from the grassroots environmental justice organization's meetings and rallies. Participant observation at several meetings and rallies was also used as a supplemental data source. The study's key findings provide insight into the importance of organization, the benefits of the alliances and coalitions formed among anti-landfill individuals and groups, how certain arguments were used to attract support and counter the opposing side's claims, and how local history, culture, and traditions played a role in the controversy.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Environmental justice, Framing, Resource mobilization theory, Social movements, Tea party, Urban politics
Greensboro (N.C.) $x Politics and government
Environmental justice $z North Carolina $z Greensboro $v Case Studies
Fills (Earthwork) $x Environmental aspects $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Fills (Earthwork) $x Political aspects $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Fills (Earthwork) $x Social aspects $z North Carolina $z Greensboro

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