Contesting toxics: struggles against hazardous waste

Rootes, Christopher (2009) Contesting toxics: struggles against hazardous waste. Environmental Politics, 18 (2). pp. 287-291. ISSN 0964-4016. (doi:10.1080/09644010802682668) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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(REVIEW ESSAY) Modern industrial processes have produced goods and chemicals on an unprecedented scale. Directly and indirectly, they and the increasingly numerous consumers of those goods have also produced prodigious and ever increasing quantities of waste, and much of that waste consists of novel compounds whose toxicity has only recently been recognised. Disposing of waste has become an ever greater problem. The simple expedient of burying it in holes in the ground has become increasingly problematic, especially as the hazards of doing so have become more apparent. And so alternative and purportedly safer and more effective means of dealing with waste have been developed, often involving shipping waste over considerable distances in order that it may be processed on an industrial scale. Not surprisingly, in this era of increasing globalisation, just as the flow of manufactured goods extends beyond the boundaries of nation states, so too the flow of hazardous waste crosses borders. Transnational problems invite transnational responses. At intergovernmental level, there have been successful attempts to establish globally effective regimes to prohibit or restrict the production and trade in hazardous substances, but both within and beyond states there continue to be issues of contention as communities resist the dumping of waste and the siting of facilities to dispose of waste. Some of these local campaigns have become epic struggles whose stories are scarcely credible tales of skulduggery that are remarkably revealing about the distribution and exercise of power in the modern world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09644010802682668
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
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