Contaminated Communities / Edition 2

Contaminated Communities / Edition 2

by Michael R Edelstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813336473

ISBN-13: 9780813336473

Pub. Date: 07/30/2003

Publisher: Westview Press


In this wholly revised Second Edition, Michael Edelstein draws on his thirty years as a community activist to provide a much-expanded theoretical foundation for understanding the psychosocial impacts of toxic contamination. Informed by social psychological theory and an extensive survey of documented cases of toxic exposure, and enlivened by excerpts drawn from

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In this wholly revised Second Edition, Michael Edelstein draws on his thirty years as a community activist to provide a much-expanded theoretical foundation for understanding the psychosocial impacts of toxic contamination. Informed by social psychological theory and an extensive survey of documented cases of toxic exposure, and enlivened by excerpts drawn from more than a thousand interviews with victims, Contaminated Communities presents a candid portrayal of the toxic victim's experience and the key stages in the course of toxic disaster. The Second Edition introduces dozens of new cases and provides expanded considerations of environmental justice, environmental racism, environmental turbulence, and environmental stigma, as well as a fully articulated theory of "lifescape." The new edition moves past the well-charted role of reactive environmentalism to explore issues for a proactivist approach that employs a "third path" of social learning, sustainable innovation, consensus building, and community empowerment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813336473
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/30/2003
Edition description:
2ND, EXPANDED
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
812,202
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Editionix
Preface to 2004 Editionxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Toxic Exposure: The Plague of Our Time1
The Plague as a Metaphor for Toxic Exposure2
Contaminated Communities6
Contamination as a Widespread Event7
Defining a Contaminated Community9
The Stages of Toxic Disaster19
Collateral Damage in the Risk Society22
The Theory of Environmental Turbulence24
Summary and Outline of the Book32
2Legler: The Story of a Contaminated Community35
A Methodological Note35
Groundwater Contamination in Legler37
Period of Incubation38
Discovery and Announcement50
Disruption of Lifestyle: Water Delivery55
The Hookup of City Water59
Lingering Concerns59
Afterword About the Landfill's Afterlife62
3Lifescape Change: Cognitive Adjustment to Toxic Exposure65
Defending Our Prior Assumptions65
Perceiving a Changed Status66
Perceptions of Health71
Inherent Uncertainty73
Confirmed Exposures78
Environment81
Loss of Personal Control89
The Inversion of Home93
Loss of Social Trust104
Conclusion: The Lifescape Impacts of Toxic Exposure118
4Individual and Family Impacts119
Coping with Exposure: Individuals119
Outcomes: Positive and Negative122
Coping with Exposure: Couples136
Coping with Exposure: Children141
Case Studies of Family Dynamics147
Stigmatized Relationships: Outsiders Just Don't Understand152
Neighbors: Proximate Support158
Summary: Individual and Family Impacts159
5Disabling Citizens: The Governmental Response to Toxic Exposure161
A Dialectic of Double Binds162
Communicational Distortion in the Institutional Context172
Distortion and the Communication of Bad News176
Differing Paradigms of Risk Between Citizens and Regulators178
Institutional Contexts189
Conclusion and Summary191
6The Enabling Response: Community Development and Toxic Exposure193
Enablement Through Community Development193
Keys to Enablement: Leadership and Activism195
Key Benefits of Community Development197
The Consensus/Dissensus Continuum201
Consensus and Dissensus in Legler205
Consensus and Dissensus Elsewhere209
Toxic Victims: A New Social Movement?213
Sustainability as a Metaenvironmental Justice Issue242
Conclusion: A Radical Environmental Populism244
7The Societal Meaning of Pollution245
Denial and the Culture of Contamination245
Rejecting a Contaminating Culture: Local Environmental Resistance253
Changing the Culture of Contamination274
Cultural Immunity: Last Defense of the Contaminating Culture279
Sustainability as the Third Stage of Modernity282
Notes293
Bibliography311
Index339

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