Perils of Progress Environmental Disasters in the 20th Century

ISBN-10: 0136038026
ISBN-13: 9780136038023
Edition: 2011
Authors: Andrew L. Jenks
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Book details

List price: $39.60
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Foreword
Series Editor's Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Modernity's Pollution Problems
Methodology
The Four Horsemen of the Toxic Apocalypse
Common Themes to Consider
The Blame Game
Conspiracy Theory and Historical Amnesia
The Moral Dimension
The Minamata Disaster and the True Costs of Japanese Modernization
Chisso Corporation
Disturbing Signs
Political and Cultural Obstacles
Lifting the Veil of Silence
The Battle Rejoined
Atomic Bombs, Godzilla, and the Culture of Victimization
Seeking Justice Outside the Courts
The Uniqueness of the Japanese Case
Minamata as a Global Event
The Appeal to Emotion
A New Way to Calculate Progress
A Lingering Toxicity
Sources
Struggling with the Disease
Those Who Remain Are Like Embers
The Confrontation at Goi
"Let a Feather Drop Onto Their Heads....": The Chisso Corporation Defends Itself
Love Canal and the Law of Unintended Consequences
The Unspoken Bargain
The Bargain Re-evaluated
Reports of Mysterious Substances
Science in the Service of the State
Long-Term Social and Political Effects
"Revitalizing" the Community
Sources
A Child's Death
A Curious Tax Audit
Passing the Buck
And Who Was Responsible?
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy: A Perfect Storm of Injustice
India, Union Carbide, and the Green Revolution
Complacency
Corporate and Popular Responses
Finger Pointing
The Legal Drama
A Silver Lining?
The Disaster Industry
Sources
Profit at All Costs?
Safety First?
A Medical Professional's Perspective
A Grassroots Perspective
The Controversy Continues
The Techno-Politics of Disaster: Chernobyl and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Anatomy of an Accident
Political Fallout and Historical Context
Evacuation
The Blame Game
Toward an Explanation
Casualties and Health Consequences
Chernobyl after Chernobyl
Sources
A Misfortune Has Befallen Us
The Western Nuclear-Power Industry Reacts
The Myth of Chernobyl?
Victims and Heroes: Voices from Chernobyl
Epilogue: Making Connections
An Exception to the Rule
Language and Metaphor
Technological Transfers and the Web of Connections
The Cost-Benefit Calculus of Progress
Disasters as Cultural Mirrors
Disaster Imaginations
Bibliography
Index

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