Advocacy after Bhopal Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders

ISBN-10: 0226257207
ISBN-13: 9780226257204
Edition: 2001
Authors: Kim Fortun
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The 1984 explosion of the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India was undisputedly one of the world's worst industrial disasters. Some have argued that the resulting litigation provided an "innovative model" for dealing with the global distribution of technological risk; others consider the disaster a turning point in environmental legislation; still others argue that Bhopal is what globalization looks like on the ground. Kim Fortun explores these claims by focusing on the dynamics and paradoxes of advocacy in competing power domains. She moves from hospitals in India to meetings with lawyers, corporate executives, and environmental justice activists in the United States to show how the disaster and its effects remain with us. Spiraling outward from the victims' stories, the innovative narrative sheds light on the way advocacy works within a complex global system, calling into question conventional notions of responsibility and ethical conduct. Revealing the hopes and frustrations of advocacy, this moving work also counters the tendency to think of Bhopal as an isolated incident that "can't happen here."

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Times
Introduction: Advocacy, Ethnography, and Complex Systems
Plaintive Response
Happening Here
Union Carbide, Having a Hand in Things
Working Perspectives
States of India
Situational Particularities
Opposing India
Women's Movements
Anarchism and Its Discontents
Communities Concerned about Corporations
Green Consulting
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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