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The nature of rights: rethinking environmental justice from anthropological perspectives II 
Manuela Tassan (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Luca Rimoldi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
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Wednesday 23 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to investigate the relationship between environment and social equality in times of climate and pandemic crises. Rules, conflicts, and new forms of political participation will be analyzed through a concept of environmental justice reinterpreted in an anthropological key.

Long Abstract

What does it mean to break the rules when denial policies regarding pandemics or climate change exacerbate the socio-environmental fragility of some contexts? How are "racial", class and gender differences intertwined with environmental injustices, and how do they amplify inequalities? How can "environmental racism" affect the struggles for the rights of vulnerable individuals and communities? How are the rules underlying the relationships between humans and the non-human world reshaped in times of global crisis? What space is outlined today for an environmental struggle sensitive to the demands of social justice? How are socio-environmental conflicts changing? What new challenges are opening up in waste management? How do we rethink the relationship between local communities and global infrastructures? How are the struggles to safeguard common goods carried out? What link is there between the different forms of food activism and socio-environmental justice? All these questions call for a reflection on the connection that the environmental dimension has with the dynamics of power and the possibilities of political participation of subjects aspiring to greater social equity.This panel aims to address these issues through the theoretical legacy offered by a concept of environmental justice updated in the light of the new challenges posed by the Anthropocene and reinterpreted in an anthropological key. This panel accepts theoretical and ethnographic contributions reflecting on socio-environmental (in)justice adopting a critical perspective on the ontological boundaries between the human and non-human worlds, the notions of nature and environment, the local knowledge involved in identity struggles, and the multispecies approaches.

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