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Title: Dams, neoliberalism, and rights: Mainstreaming environmental justice claims
Authors: Marina Kaneti 
Keywords: dams; environmental justice
political mobilization
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2020
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Marina Kaneti (2020-04-13). Dams, neoliberalism, and rights: Mainstreaming environmental justice claims. Sustainable Development 28 (2) : 424-434. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Dams have a contentious reputation. Symbols of independence, progress, and prosperity to some, they are a lived reality of displacement, obliteration of sacred sites, and environmental degradation to others. Given the massive expansion of dam construction in recent years, this article engages in a critical assessment of the institutional limitations to dam opposition and explores alternative venues for anti-dam mobilization and the voicing of claims to environmental justice. The article argues that a potentially effective means of dam opposition requires the alignment of both environmental justice and rights claims with mainstream societal conversations and government priorities. In order to resonate with a broader community vision of national interests and priorities, anti-dam opposition also needs to integrate a message of collective duties and responsibilities.
Source Title: Sustainable Development
ISSN: 0968-0802
DOI: 10.1002/sd.1996
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