Thomson traces four strands of activism from the 1970s to the present: the environmental lobby, environmental justice groups, radical environmentalism and bioregionalism, and climate justice activism. By focusing on health, environmentalists were empowered to intervene in the rise of neoliberalism, the erosion of the regulatory state, and the decimation of mass-based progressive politics. Yet, as this book reveals, an individualist definition of health ultimately won out over more communal understandings. Considering this turn from collective solidarity toward individual health helps explain the near paralysis of collective action in the face of planetary disaster.
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This book provides a fundamental reinterpretation of the American environmental movement on both a conceptual and a historiographical level and has the potential to make major, and in some ways ground-shifting, contributions to environmental studies.Robert Gioielli, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
Sophisticated and adept, this is the first book-length investigation of the role of health in postwar environmentalism.Elena Conis, University of California, Berkeley