Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

by E. Melanie Dupuis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814719619

ISBN-13: 9780814719619

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Who gets to breathe clean air? Who benefits from the cheaper products produced with dirty air? The answers, as the contributors to Smoke and Mirrors tell us, are sometimes as gray as the air itself.

From the coal factory chimneys in Manchester in the late nineteenth century to the smog hanging over Los Angeles in the late twentieth century, air pollution

Overview

Who gets to breathe clean air? Who benefits from the cheaper products produced with dirty air? The answers, as the contributors to Smoke and Mirrors tell us, are sometimes as gray as the air itself.

From the coal factory chimneys in Manchester in the late nineteenth century to the smog hanging over Los Angeles in the late twentieth century, air pollution has long been one of the greatest threats to our environment. In this important collection of original essays, the leading environmental scientists and social scientists examine the politics of air pollution policies and help us to understand the ways these policies have led to, idiosyncratic, effective, ineffective, and even disastrous choices about what we choose to put into and take out of the air. Offering historical, contemporary and cross-national perspectives, this volume provides a refreshing new approach to understanding how air pollution policies have evolved over time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719619
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Series:
- Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
The Emergence of Air Pollution as a Problem
Perceptions and E?ects of Late Victorian Air Pollution
“The Invisible Evil”: Noxious Vapor and Public Health in Manchester during the Age of Industry
Public Perceptions of Smoke Pollution in Victorian Manchester
Uplands Downwind: Acidity and Ecological Change in the Southeast Lancashire Moorlands
The “Smoky City” between the Wars
The Merits of the Precautionary Principle: Controlling Automobile Exhausts in Germany and the United States before
Interpreting the London Fog Disaster
Localizing Smog: Transgressions in the Therapeutic Landscape
Air Pollution Policy Today
A Fine Balance: Automobile Pollution Control Strategies in California
Who Owns the Air? Clean Air Act Implementation as a Negotiation of Common Property Rights
Air Pollution in Spain: A “Peripheral” Nation Transforms
Clearing the Air and Breathing Freely: The Health Politics of Air Pollution and Asthma
Invisible People, Invisible Places: Connecting Air Pollution and Pesticide Drift in California
Notes from the Field: Air Pollution Engineering as Cultural Experience
The Social and Political Construction of Air Pollution: Air Pollution Policies for Mexico City
Afterword
Contributors
Index

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