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.
|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|
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