No Safe Place
Toxic Waste, Leukemia and Community Action
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No Safe Place by Phil Brown
Book DescriptionToxic waste, contaminated water, cancer clusters--these phrases suggest deception and irresponsibility. But more significantly, they are watchwords for a growing struggle between communities, corporations, and government. In No Safe Place, sociologists, public policy professionals, and activists will learn how residents of Woburn, Massachusetts discovered a childhood leukemia cluster and eventually sued two corporate giants. Their story gives rise to questions important to any concerned citizen: What kind of government regulatory action can control pollution? Just how effective can the recent upsurge of popular participation in science and technology be? Phil Brown, a medical sociologist, and Edwin Mikkelsen, psychiatric consultant to the plaintiffs, look at the Woburn experience in light of similar cases, such as Love Canal, in order to show that toxic waste contamination reveals fundamental flaws in the corporate, governmental, and scientific spheres. The authors strike a humane, constructive note amidst chilling odds, advocating extensive lay involvement based on the Woburn model of civic action. Finally, they propose a safe policy for toxic wastes and governmental/corporate responsibility. Woburn, the authors predict, will become a code word for environmental struggles.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520212480
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Phil Brown
Sacrifice Zones, Paperback (October 2012)
The stories of residents of low-income communities across the country who took action when pollution from heavy industry contaminated their towns.
Contested Illnesses, Paperback (December 2011)
The politics and science of health and disease remain contested terrain among scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, industry, communities, and the public. This book asserts that science, activism, and policy are not separate issues and shows how the contribution of environmental factors in disease is often overlooked.
Toxic Exposures, Hardback (June 2007)
Drawing on environmental and medical sociology, environmental justice, and social movement studies, this work looks at the ways scientific findings are made available to the public and the changing nature of policy offers a new perspective on health and the environment and the relationship among people, knowledge, power, and authority.
Any Guru Will Do, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Phil Brown
Life, the universe, and everything - what's it all about? And are we ever supposed to really know the answer? These are the questions the author has been asking all his life. This work gives an account of one man's search for meaning in an increasingly cynical world. It is suitable for those who have ever pondered life's mysteries.
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Author Biography - Phil Brown
Phil Brown is Professor of Sociology at Brown University and Lecturer in Sociology, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Edwin J. Mikkelsen is Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.
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