Volume 7, Number 1 (2015) Promoting Environmental Justice in Rural Communities

Environmental justice issues are often associated with poor neighborhoods in urban areas. However, rural people in the United States and throughout the world have a legacy of engagement in the quest for environmental justice for their own communities. Fossil fuel extraction industries (e.g., oil, gas and coal) and other mining activities disproportionately occur within and affect rural areas and small towns while developing resources for export to energy-hungry cities. The contemporary development of unconventional drilling technology provides recent opportunities to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting rural communities. This special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work features practice and research articles focused on promoting environmental justice in rural communities.

Editor-in-Chief's Introduction


From the Editor
Peggy Pittman-Munke Ph.D.

Guest Editor's Introduction


From the Guest Editor
Pamela Casey Twiss MSW, Ph.D.

Feature Articles


Social Action Meets Social Media: Environmental Justice in West Virginia
Debra Hunt Young, Samantha Teixeira, and Helen Hartnett

Book Reviews

Complete Issue