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Toxic waste, contaminated water, cancer clusters—these phrases suggest deception and irresponsibility. But more significantly, they are watchwords for a growing struggle between communities, corporations, and government. In No Safe Place, sociologists, public policy professionals, and activists will learn how residents of Woburn, Massachusetts discovered a childhood leukemia cluster and eventually sued two corporate giants. Their story gives rise to questions important to any concerned citizen: What kind of government regulatory action can control pollution? Just how effective can the recent upsurge of popular participation in science and technology be? Phil Brown, a medical sociologist, and Edwin Mikkelsen, psychiatric consultant to the plaintiffs, look at the Woburn experience in light of similar cases, such as Love Canal, in order to show that toxic waste contamination reveals fundamental flaws in the corporate, governmental, and scientific spheres.

The authors strike a humane, constructive note amidst chilling odds, advocating extensive lay involvement based on the Woburn model of civic action. Finally, they propose a safe policy for toxic wastes and governmental/corporate responsibility. Woburn, the authors predict, will become a code word for environmental struggles.

Synopsis:

"An excellent and readable account of the toxic waste crisis in Woburn, Massachusetts, and the courageous efforts by local citizens to protect their community. The Woburn story is an inspiring lesson for citizens across the country struggling to protect the environment from polluters and unresponsive government officials."—Senator Edward Kennedy

About the Author

Phil Brown is Professor of Sociology at Brown University and Lecturer in Sociology, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Edwin J. Mikkelsen is Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

Table of Contents

Foreward, by Jonathan Harr

Preface (1997)

Preface (1990)

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Town in Turmoil: History and Significance of the Woburn Cluster

The Formation of an Organized Community

The Sickness Caused by "Corporate America": Effects of the Woburn Cluster

Taking Control: Popular Epidemiology

Making It Safe: Securing Future Health

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520212480
With:
Mikkelsen, Edwin J.
Foreword:
Harr, Jonathan
With:
Mikkelsen, Edwin J.
Author:
br
Author:
Mikkelsen, Edwin J.
Author:
own, Phil
Author:
Brown, Phil
Author:
Harr, Jonathan
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Leukemia
Subject:
Hazardous wastes
Subject:
Leukemia in children
Subject:
Hazardous wastes -- Environmental aspects -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Leukemia in children -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Subject:
Hazardous wastes -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Diseases
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19971031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.14 lb

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