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Smoke and Mirrors : The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution - E. Melanie DuPuis

Smoke and Mirrors

The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

By: E. Melanie DuPuis (Editor)

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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.

"[A] fascinating, provocative, pathbreaking book. . . . Air pollution can no longer be understood simply as an issue of economics, science, and engineering, but one that implicates fundamental values and controversies surrounding justice, fairness, and the construction of knowledge."

-Gary Bryner, author of From Promises to Performance: Achieving Global Environmental Goals

Introductionp. 1
Perceptions and effects of late Victorian air pollutionp. 15
"The invisible evil" : noxious vapor and public health in Manchester during the age of industryp. 27
Public perceptions of smoke pollution in Victorian Manchesterp. 51
Uplands downwind : acidity and ecological change in the southeast Lancashire moorlandsp. 77
The "smoky city" between warsp. 100
The merits of the precautionary principle : controlling automobile exhausts in Germany and the United States before 1945p. 119
Interpreting the London fog disaster of 1952p. 154
Localizing smog : transgressions in the therapeutic landscapep. 170
A fine balance : automobile pollution control strategies in Californiap. 203
Who owns the air? : Clean Air Act implementation as a negotiation of common property rightsp. 223
Air pollution in Spain : a "peripheral" nation transformsp. 241
Clearing the air and breathing freely : the health politics of air pollution and asthmap. 261
Invisible people, invisible places : connecting air pollution and pesticide drift in Californiap. 288
Notes from the field : air pollution engineering as cultural experiencep. 305
The social and political construction of air pollution : air pollution policies for Mexico City, 1979-1996p. 324
Afterwordp. 337
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ISBN: 9780814719619
ISBN-10: 0814719619
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.14  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5