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

Killing Me Softly : Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit, and the Struggle - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1583670835

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ISBN10: 1583670831
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Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Published: 2002
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Killing Me Softly : Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit, and the Struggle - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1583670835

Eddie J. Girdner and Jack Eds. Smith

ISBN13: 978-1583670835
ISBN10: 1583670831
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

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

Girdner and Smith's Killing Me Softly examines 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, Girdner and Smith 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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One -- The Toxic Political Economy

Chapter Two -- Wasting America: Capitalism, Waste,
and the Market in the United States

Chapter Three -- Environmental Justice, Democracy,
and Grassroots Political Struggle

Chapter Four -- The People's Struggle Against Amoco
Waste-Tech in Mercer County, Missouri

Chapter Five -- Lessons from Mercer County

Chapter Six -- Wasting the World: Enclosure, Accumulation
and Local Environmental Struggles on a Global Scale

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