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Killing Me Softly: Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit, and the Struggle for Environmental Justice

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The political economy of toxic waste was summed up by Lawrence Summersthen chief economist at the World Bank, later U.S. Treasury Secretaryin his notorious claim that poor people live in environments that are, from an economic point of view, not sufficiently polluted. The toxic waste industry came to prominence in the United States after 1945. In its ceaseless search for profit, it now routinely endangers the health of people around the worlds and the planet itself.

Smith and Girdner's Killing Me Softlyexamines the growth of the toxic waste industry and the economic logic behind its expansion. It gives a hard-hitting account of the damage it has done throughout the United States. It focuses in particular on the struggle of the people of Mercer County, Missouri, against the plans of Amoco Waste-Tech to establish a huge toxic waste landfill in the county. It shows how the persistence of ordinary people in a poor and politically marginalized area could prevail against the predations of corporate power.

Although race and ethnicity play a crucial role in deciding which communities are targeted for toxic waste dumps, Smith and Girdner argue that the critical cleavage within the United States and globally is that of class. The struggle for environmental justice has an important role to play in empowering poor communities and bringing them into a larger movement for social justice.

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Girdner (international relations, Bashkent U., Turkey) and Smith (English and philosophy, North Central Missouri College) examine the toxic waste industry and the economic logic behind its expansion. The authors contend that class is the main factor determining where toxic waste dumps are sited both in the U.S. and globally. The text centers around the story of how the politically marginalized people of Mercer County, Missouri successfully resisted the attempts of Amoco Waste- Tech to build a toxic landfill in their area.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-158) and index.

About the Author

Eddie J. Girdnerteaches International Relations at Bashkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He is the author of People and Power: An Introduction to Politics .

Jack Smithteaches English and Philosophy at North Central Missouri College. His fiction and reviews have been published in a number of literary reviews. He is co-editor of the Green Hills Literary Lantern.

Table of Contents

The toxic political economy — Wasting America: capitalism, waste, and the market in the United States — Environmental justice, democracy, and grassroots political struggle — The people's struggle against Amoco waste-tech in Mercer County, Missouri — Lessons from Mercer County — Wasting the world: enclosure, accumulation and local environmental struggles on a global scale.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583670835
Author:
Smith, Jack
Author:
Girdner, Eddie J.
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Hazardous waste sites
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Hazardous waste management industry.
Subject:
Environmental justice.
Subject:
Corporate power
Subject:
Green Business
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Globalization - Social aspects
Subject:
Business - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
32-E
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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