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Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
HABERMANN, Mateus and GOUVEIA, Nelson. Environmental Justice: an ecossocial health approach. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.6, pp. 1105-1111. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102008000600019.
The paper addresses the risk of contemporary technologies in the light of our current technological paradigm, its perception and tolerability, as well as its unequal distribution across society. The fundamental hypothesis, which emphasizes Environmental Justice, refers to hazards that are disproportionately or unjustly distributed across more socially and economically vulnerable groups, which are generally the poor and the minorities affected by the environmental risks posed by modernity. Therefore, vulnerability and the different levels of deprivation act as drivers of the different levels of health across population groups. Although Environmental Justice has initially been observed as a grassroots movement in the United States, its principles showed compatibility with global and local geographical scales. Therefore, the aim of the study was to understand how the risks of contemporary technologies unequally affect the population under the perspective of Environmental Justice.
Keywords : Social Justice; Social Inequity; Environmental Risks; Social Vulnerability; Environmental Health.