Perils of Progress: Environmental Disasters in the 20th Century / Edition 1

Perils of Progress: Environmental Disasters in the 20th Century / Edition 1

by Andrew L Jenks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0136038026

ISBN-13: 9780136038023

Pub. Date: 04/02/2010

Publisher: Pearson

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This CourseSmart Sampler includes a selection of material from the full book for faculty to use in order to make a textbook selection for their course. If you need to see additional chapters before making a final decision, please contact your Pearson sales representative for a print copy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780136038023
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
04/02/2010
Series:
Connections Series for World History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
691,074
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Series Editor's Preface viii

About the Author xiv

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Modernity's Pollution Problems 2

Methodology 4

The Four Horsemen of the Toxic Apocalypse 5

Common Themes to Consider 7

The Blame Game 8

Conspiracy Theory and Historical Amnesia 10

The Moral Dimension 11

1 The Minamata Disaster and the True Costs of Japanese Modernization 13

Chisso Corporation 14

Disturbing Signs 16

Political and Cultural Obstacles 17

Lifting the Veil of Silence 18

The Battle Rejoined 20

Atomic Bombs, Godzilla, and the Culture of Victimization 21

Seeking Justice Outside the Courts 24

The Uniqueness of the Japanese Case 25

Minamata as a Global Event 27

The Appeal to Emotion 28

A New Way to Calculate Progress 29

A Lingering Toxicity 31

Sources 33

Struggling with the Disease 33

Those Who Remain Are Like Embers 35

The Confrontation at Goi 37

"Let a Feather Drop Onto Their Heads....": The Chisso Corporation Defends Itself 39

2 Love Canal and the Law of Unintended Consequences 43

The Unspoken Bargain 45

The Bargain Re-evaluated 48

Reports of Mysterious Substances 49

Science in the Service of the State 53

Long-Term Social and Political Effects 57

"Revitalizing" the Community 60

Sources 63

A Child's Death 63

A Curious Tax Audit 65

Passing the Buck 66

And Who Was Responsible? 68

3 The Bhopal Gas Tragedy: A Perfect Storm of Injustice 70

India, Union Carbide, and the Green Revolution 72

Complacency 76

Corporate and Popular Responses 78

Finger Pointing 82

The Legal Drama 83

A Silver Lining? 87

The Disaster Industry 88

Sources 91

Profit at All Costs? 91

Safety First? 94

A Medical Professional's Perspective 96

A Grassroots Perspective 102

The Controversy Continues 104

4 The Techno-Politics of Disaster: Chernobyl and the Collapse of the Soviet Union 106

Anatomy of an Accident 108

Political Fallout and Historical Context 111

Evacuation 115

The Blame Game 117

Toward an Explanation 119

Casualties and Health Consequences 121

Chernobyl after Chernobyl 126

Sources 127

A Misfortune Has Befallen Us 127

The Western Nuclear-Power Industry Reacts 129

The Myth of Chernobyl? 131

Victims and Heroes: Voices from Chernobyl 133

Epilogue: Making Connections 136

An Exception to the Rule 138

Language and Metaphor 139

Technological Transfers and the Web of Connections 140

The Cost-Benefit Calculus of Progress 141

Disasters as Cultural Mirrors 143

Disaster Imaginations 145

Bibliography 148

Index 156

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