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Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders
     

Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders

by Kim Fortun
 

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ISBN-10: 0226257207

ISBN-13: 9780226257204

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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

Overview


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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226257204
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PROLOGUE: THE TIMES
INTRODUCTION Advocacy, Ethnography, and Complex
Systems
ONE Plaintive Response
TWO Happening Here
THREE Union Carbide, Having a Hand in Things
FOUR Working Perspectives
FIVE States of India
SIX Situational Particularities
SEVEN Opposing India
EIGHT Women's Movements
NINE Anarchism and Its Discontents
TEN Communities Concerned about
Corporations
ELEVEN Green Consulting
EPILOGUE
APPENDIX
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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