Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Chronicling the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis: A Rigid Dichotomy Between Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice
by Scott, Cheri R., Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2017, 170; 10672392
Abstract (Summary)

This research study examines the Flint water crisis to determine if Flint residents were the target of a degenerative policy. The study employs critical ethnography to explore the development and implementation of environmental water policy and investigate state-appointed legislator's decision to switch water sources in the city of Flint, Michigan, a predominantly low-income and minority community. In addition to using critical ethnography as a method, the study is interdisciplinary, integrating secondary data from news reports, governmental and nongovernmental documents, and budgets. The residents in Flint, Michigan water source was switched from Lake Huron (Detroit) a source used for more than 50 years to the Flint River. The water switch resulted in lead-contaminated water that poisoned more than 7,900 children and caused a widespread outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boxill, Nancy A.
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Environmental Justice, Public policy
Keywords: Disparties, Environmental Equity, Environmental Health, Environmental Policy, Flint, Michigan Water Crisis, Social Construction
Publication Number: 10672392
ISBN: 978-0-355-37252-6
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