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Toxic Town
Author: Peter C. Little

ISBN: 9780814760697
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5
Description:
In 1924, IBM built its first plant in Endicott, New York. Now, Endicott is a contested toxic waste site. With its landscape thoroughly contaminated by carcinogens, Endicott is the subject of one of the nation's largest corporate-state mitigation efforts. Yet despite the efforts of IBM and the U.S. government, Endicott residents remain skeptical that the mitigation systems employed were designed with their best interests at heart.   In Toxic Town, Peter C. Little tracks and critically diagnoses the experiences of Endicott residents as they learn to live with high-tech pollution, community transformation, scientific expertise, corporate-state power, and risk mitigation technologies. By weaving together the insights of anthropology, political ecology, disaster studies, and science and technology studies, the book explores questions of theoretical and practical import for understanding the politics of risk and the ironies of technological disaster response in a time when IBM's stated missio­n is to build a "Smarter Planet."  Little critically reflects on IBM's new corporate tagline, arguing for a political ecolo...

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