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Living beyond the Pale
Environmental Justice and the Roma Minority

Richard Filčák, researcher at the Institute for Forecasting of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

We find Roma settlements on the outskirts of villages, separated from the majority population by roads, railways or other barriers, disconnected from water pipelines and sewage treatment. Why are some people (or groups) better off than others when it comes to the distribution of environmental benefits? In order to understand the present situation and identify ways to address the impacts of these inequalities we must understand the past and mechanisms related to the differentiated treatment. The situation and discrimination of the Roma ethnic minority in Slovakia is examined from the perspective of environmental conditions and injustice. There is no simple answer as to why there is environmental injustice. Environmental conditions in Roma settlements are just one of the indicators of failures of policies addressing the problem of poverty and social exclusion in marginalized groups, structural discrimination, and internal Roma problems. Environmental injustice is not an outcome of the “historical determination” of the Roma population to live in environmentally problematic places.

Contents: List of abbreviations and acronyms List of tables List of figures Introduction 1. Environment, poverty, and the Roma Points of departure Setting of the story Article i. 2. Environmental justice and entitlements Distribution and procedures What can we learn from the justice struggles? Central and eastern Europe Entitlements: resources and control 3. The Roma of Slovakia The past and the present New regime and old tricks Villages and shantytowns Situation and trends 4. Rudňany: a tale of the old liabilities The village and the people The Roma in Rudňany A story of contaminated land Roma coping strategies Entitlements and resources People and the power Roma and the environment Environmental injustice Article ii. 5. The Svinka river: people, water and the environment People, housing and segregation Hermanovce Jarovnice Svinia A tale of water Floods Environment and coping strategies Land, entitlements and environmental justice 6. A regional snapshot overview Exposure to toxic and waste Access to water and sanitation Exposure to flood The land: access and entitlements Risks and the people 7. Patterns of environmental (in)justice Pattern 1: exposure to hazardous waste and chemicals Pattern 2: vulnerability to floods Pattern 3: differentiated access to potable water Pattern 4: discriminatory waste management practice The patterns and the impacts 8. Roma? Not in my backyard Economic interests Spatial distance and not in my backyard syndrome Changes in local economy “beyond the pale” construction Symbolic, cultural, and social capital Competition and conflicts 9. Trends and reverting the trends Doom scenario: from competition to conflict Optimistic scenario: from competition to cooperation Short-term measures: the key challenge of housing Long-term opportunities: what is environmental is also economic and social Green employment From entitlements and involvement into development Planning, struggling, and stakeholders Living beyond the pale? Challenges and conclusions Annex 1. Shifts in approaches Reference Index

"The Roma in eastern and central Europe have faced a plethora of economic, social, and political challenges since the collapse of communism in 1989. Across an expanded European Union, many Roma encounter increasing unemployment, segregation, and discrimination. While several notable authors have addressed the marginalization and impoverishment of the Roma, few have delved into the environmental injustices aff ecting them. In this book, Richard Filčák expertly adds another layer to the discussion of the Roma’s worsening welfare by examining the environmental hazards threatening Romani communities in eastern Slovakia.
In detailing an inequitable eastern Slovakia, Filčák lays out two possible pathways. The fi rst allows for an amelioration of the current plight of many Roma, through poverty relief and environmental management programs. The second envisions a deepened exclusion of Roma,
leading to increased confl ict over resources and a worsening distribution of environmental harm. Slovakia can avoid the latter if the political will for change, heretofore scarce, is exerted. The book’s recommendation section is noteworthy, and hopefully it reaches beyond academia to Slovak and EU policymakers". - Slavic Review

"Filčák has written a compelling account of the environmental plight of a social class in Slovakia commonly referred to as Roma. Primarily applying literature from the US and the UK, the author argues that the Roma have been relegated to the margins of society not by their own choice, and are subjected to undesirable environmental conditions, such as the rampant pollution surrounding their shantytowns. This class situation is difficult to overcome for a variety of reasons, but Filčák takes a most welcome yet unconventional approach by an academic, offering suggestions for ameliorating and/or remedying this situation, at least at the governmental level. While this is a particular case study of a particular social class in a particular country, it has broad appeal for those interested in both environmental and social justice issues. Summing up: Recommended". - Choice

2012
256 pages, cloth
978-615-5225-13-0
$60.00 / €52.00 / £40.00

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