Environmental justice, capabilities, and the theorization of well-being

Edwards, Gareth A. S., Reid, Louise and Hunter, Colin (2016) Environmental justice, capabilities, and the theorization of well-being. Progress in Human Geography, 40 (6). pp. 754-769. ISSN 0309-1325

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Environmental justice (EJ) scholarship is increasingly framing justice in terms of capabilities. This paper argues that capabilities are fundamentally about well-being and as such there is a need to more explicitly theorize well-being. We explore how capabilities have come to be influential in EJ and how well-being has been approached so far in EJ specifically and human geography more broadly. We then introduce a body of literature from social psychology which has grappled theoretically with questions about well-being, using the insights we gain from it to reflect on some possible trajectories and challenges for EJ as it engages with well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: capabilities,environmental ethics,environmental justice,eudaimonia,hedonia,justice,well-being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Climate Change
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 23:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55960
DOI: 10.1177/0309132515620850


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