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

Gareth A. S. Edwards, Louise Reid, Colin Hunter

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-769
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume40
Issue number6
Early online date17 Dec 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • capabilities
  • environmental ethics
  • environmental justice
  • eudaimonia
  • hedonia
  • justice
  • well-being

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