Place, Environmental justice, Narratives, Displacement


This paper explores how discourses on sense of place and cultural heritage inform environmental justice conflicts. I argue that while economic distribution remains the overarching frame within environmental justice scholarship, cultural entitlement concerns are rarely discussed in the literature. I argue that environmental justice scholarship can draw upon place and cultural research to explore how cultural entitlement claims can be incorporated in environmental justice. I draw upon place literature to propose a three-dimensional typology of place. I call these three dimensions – political place, cultural place, and moral place. The proposed typology allows us to examine how discourses of place and culture are incorporated in narratives of environmental justice. Finally, I apply this typology to an interesting story of environmental and cultural injustice in a community known as Land Between the Rivers in western Kentucky in the United States.