Synthetic Planet: Chemical Politics and the Hazards of Modern Life

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
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From chemistry sets to chemical weapons, from plastics to pesticides and from air pollution to Agent Orange, industrial chemicals have transformed the way we live. Industrial chemicals have brought many good things to life, but at what cost? This timely collection of original essays traces the migration of synthetic chemicals from the laboratory to the factory and then into our environment, bodies and communities. The impact these chemicals have on our ecosystems, human health and political processes is addressed by the the contributors, focusing on the production and distribution of these potentially hazardous agents themselves rather than just detailing their effects. The book provides a cohesive argument about the risks of chemicals to the natural world - an issue that can no longer be ignored.
 

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Contents

Toxic Pollutants and Japanese Identity
3
Environmental Inequality Inside
25
The Mundane Politics
51
Chemical Waste Environmental
91
Protecting Children from
111
Communities
127
Public Participation the Criteria for
133
The Synergy of
155
Women Science and Microbicides
197
The Search for Causes ofGulf
213
Industrial Solvents and
237
Environmental Security in
255
Notes
263
References
285
List of Contributors
307
Copyright

Nations
180

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Monica J. Casper is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of The Making of the Unborn Patient, which won the C. Wright Mills Award in 1998.

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