Powerless Science? Science and Politics in a Toxic World

Paru en 2014 aux éditions Berghahn Books: New-York & Oxford
Book par Soraya Boudia & Nathalie Jas

This is an innovative, very well organized and overall well written book on one of the most pressing issues of today’s society: the way chemicals contaminate the environment, and how we deal with it… most of the chapters cleverly combine the case study approach with universal features. It is surprising how well this works, both in the chapters and in the book at large.”
·  Carsten Reinhardt, CEO and President of the Chemical Heritage Foundation

In spite of decades of research on toxicants, along with the growing role of scientific expertise in public policy and the unprecedented rise in the number of national and international institutions dealing with environmental health issues, problems surrounding contaminants and their effects on health have never appeared so important, sometimes to the point of appearing insurmountable. This calls for a reconsideration of the roles of scientific knowledge and expertise in the definition and management of toxic issues, which this book seeks to do. It looks at complex historical, social, and political dynamics, made up of public controversies, environmental and health crises, economic interests, and political responses, and demonstrates how and to what extent scientific knowledge about toxicants has been caught between scientific, economic, and political imperatives.

  • 280 pages
  • Collection: The Environment in History: International Perspectives
  • Language: Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1782382364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782382362

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