Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens, Scientist Activism, and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology

Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens, Scientist Activism, and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology

by Scott Frickel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813534135

ISBN-13: 9780813534138

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The interdisciplinary science known as genetic toxicology is nurtured as much by public culture as it is by professional practices, reflecting the interplay of genetics research and environmental politics. Drawing on a wealth of resources, Scott Frickel examines the creation of this field through the lens of social movement theory. He reveals how a committed group of…  See more details below

Overview

The interdisciplinary science known as genetic toxicology is nurtured as much by public culture as it is by professional practices, reflecting the interplay of genetics research and environmental politics. Drawing on a wealth of resources, Scott Frickel examines the creation of this field through the lens of social movement theory. He reveals how a committed group of scientist-activists transformed chemical mutagens into environmental problems, mobilized existing research networks, recruited scientists and politicians, secured financial resources, and developed new ways of acquiring knowledge. The result is a book that vividly illustrates how science and activism were interwoven to create an interdiscipline that remains a defining feature of environmental health science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534138
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Situating genetic toxicology1
2Working on mutations21
3Making room for environmental mutagens48
4A wave of scientist collective action67
5Framing scientist activism84
6Organizing a scientists' movement109
7Conclusion : environmental knowledge politics in practice135
App. AScientists interviewed147
App. BTimeline of institutionalizing events in environmental mutagenesis/genetic toxicology, 1964-1976149

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