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Quests for justice and mechanisms of suppression in Flint, Michigan

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Rebecca Leigh Rutt, Jevgeniy Bluwstein

There is widespread acknowledgment of the crisis nature and injustices around water quality and access in Flint since mid-2014. This crisis led to different forms of grassroots activism demanding political accountability, transparency, and redress. However, residents' experiences and their needs and demands in response to the crisis have been largely ignored. This article explores the mechanisms of suppression at work in obscuring these needs and demands. Specifically, it sheds light on the role of the public sector, the media, and the academic institutions in reproducing these mechanisms of suppression. The article situates the struggles over political accountability within the neoliberalization of public administration and government through emergency management. Capital accumulation can continue and intensifies, whereas emergency management further contributes to suppressing public dissent in the times of crisis via the erosion of political accountability. By illuminating institutionalized mechanisms of suppression of residents' needs and demands, we argue that the Flint water crisis should also be seen as a crisis of government, journalism, and academia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Justice
Volume10
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
ISSN1939-4071
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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