Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2010

Capstone Advisor

Linda Carty

Honors Reader

Francine D’Amico

Capstone Major

International Relations

Capstone College

Citizenship and Public Affairs

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies | Other International and Area Studies


In our global community 20% of the population controls 86% of the gross domestic product and 82% of the world market exports, according to the United Nations Development Program. This thesis explains where this inequality comes from and what can be implemented to help some countries miss out on economic prosperity while others enjoy fiscal bliss. The vast majority of countries with the lowest gross domestic product are non-European countries located in the global south. It is an economic problem for these countries that have been historically oppressed through the exploitation of slavery and colonialism. There has been little done to change the system that keeps these regions disproportionately disadvantaged in many sectors when compared to the globalized north’s ongoing economic advancements. One component of institutional racism is that there are many institutions involved in the system. Environmental justice is social movement framework that addresses all the different areas that are a part of the intricate network. The environmental justice framework helps solve the complex issues through social mobilization of the people in Kenya and Jamaica. The environmental justice paradigm can be used as a way to pinpoint injustices in health, environment, social issues, and economy that are all a part of the institutional racism that affects the environmental justice community present in both countries.


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