Science, citizens, and air pollution
Constructing environmental (in)justice
in Toxic truths

In their efforts to put air pollution on the public agenda, citizens cannot avoid engaging with science. Being a largely invisible socio-natural artifact, air has to be discursively translated to become politically salient. Through a comparative analysis of the air pollution mobilizations in two cities, Antwerp (Belgium) and London (UK), the chapter illuminates the political effects of the choices citizen movements make in this process of translation. Delving into the discursive strategies of the mobilizations in both cities, the chapter shows how specific scientific focuses, interpretations of findings, and their spatial framings, can feed into the construction of diverging claims on environmental justice and the advocacy of different types of action. But the opposite is also true, it seems: a preference for specific measures can lead to a focus on particular scientific interpretations. Starting from these observations, the chapter discusses the complex interwovenness of science, politics, and justice claims in dealing with largely invisible issues like air pollution.

Toxic truths

Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age

Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah


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