Refusing Death offers an analysis of social movements that challenge the agenda of the neoliberal state while at the same time encompassing ideas, emotions, and experiences of Asian and Latin@ activists in twenty-first century greater Los Angeles. Nadia Kim demonstrates why power imbalance and the systemic marginalization of minorities are at the core of contemporary environmental crises. The author also shows how working-class immigrants, who have been threatened in their human rights and deprived of equal opportunity to participate in democratic processes, find in environmental activism an avenue for political legitimacy and a strategy for survival in an area that stores nearly all the region's crude oil, tar sand, and asphalt.

Most of the research for this book took place between 2008 and 2013. In-depth interviews with members of community-based organizations serving the predominantly Asian and Latin@ populations from the south bay area of L.A. were conducted in English and...

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