Mobilisation and protest: environmental justice in Durban, South Africa

This paper examines the ability of civil society actors to champion environmental justice
in an industrial risk society in South Africa by way of mobilisation and protest action.
This paper presents viewpoints from key stakeholders at the Durban city level and three
local case study sites to examine social capital relations to achieve environmental
justice. It explores how civil society engages in social capital for mobilisation with
itself and subsequent protest actions to engage with government and industry. The
paper highlights that social actor response to engage in social capital for mobilisation
and protests is best understood in relation to the socio-economic and political
positioning of individuals or organisations.

Keywords: mobilisation; protests; environmental justice; social capital; civil society;
Durban

To cite this article: Llewellyn Leonard & Mark Pelling (2010): Mobilisation and protest:
environmental justice in Durban, South Africa, Local Environment: The International Journal of
Justice and Sustainability, 15:2, 137-151

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549830903527654

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