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Table of Contents
SERIES EDITOR’S PREFACE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INTRODUCTION: The Perils of Progress
Modernity's Pollution Problems
The Four Horsemen of the Toxic Apocalypse
Common Themes to Consider
The Blame Game
Conspiracy Theory and Historical Amnesia
The Moral Dimension
1 The Minamata Disaster and the True Costs of Japanese Modernization
Political and Cultural Obstacles
Lifting the Veil of Silence
The Battle Rejoined
Atomic Bombs, Godzilla, and the Culture of Victimization
Seeking Justice Outside the Courts
The Uniqueness of the Japanese Case
Minamata as a Global Event
The Appeal to Emotion
A New Way to Calculate Progress
A Lingering Toxicity
Struggling with the Disease
"Those who remain are like embers."
The Confrontation at Goi
“Let a feather drop onto their heads...."
The Chisso Corporations Defends Itself
2 Love Canal and the Law of Unintended Consequences
The Unspoken Bargain
The Bargain Re-evaluated
Reports of Mysterious Substances
Science in the Service of the State
Long Term Social and Political Effects
“Revitalizing” the Community
A Child's Death
A Curious Tax Audit
Passing the Buck
And Who Was Responsible?
3 The Bhopal Gas Tragedy: A Perfect Storm of Injustice
India, Union Carbide, and the Green Revolution
Corporate and Popular Responses
The Legal Drama
A Silver Lining?
The Disaster Industry
Profit at All Costs?
Robert A. Peck, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Department of State, responds to questions from the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs
Ronald Wisehart, vice president for Government Relations, Union Carbide Corp., responds to questions from the committee.
4 The Techno-Politics of Disaster: Chernobyl and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Anatomy of an Accident
Political Fallout and Historical Context
The Blame Game
Toward an Explanation
Casualties and Health Consequences
Chernobyl after Chernobyl
"Television Address by Mikhail Gorbachev, 14 May 1986, Moscow”
The Western Nuclear-Power Industry Reacts
The Myth of Chernobyl?
Victims and Heroes: Voices from Chernobyl
EPILOGUE: MAKING CONNECTIONS