Shopping Our Way to Safety : How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-24
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr

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Many Americans today rightly fear that they are exposed to toxins in their environment. Yet we have responded not by pushing for governmental regulation but instead by shopping. Andrew Szasz examines this phenomenon and argues that when consumers believe that they are buying a defense from hazards, they feel less urgency to find ways to eliminate them. To achieve real protection, he concludes, we must give up individualized solutions and together seek reform. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Andrew Szasz is professor and chair of the sociology department at the University of California at Santa Cruz and author of the award-winning EcoPopulism (Minnesota, 1994).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Inverted Quarantinep. 1
Two Historical Case Studiesp. 9
The Fallout Shelter Panic of 1961p. 15
Suburbanization as Inverted Quarantinep. 56
Assembling a Personal Commodity Bubble for One's Bodyp. 97
Drinkingp. 105
Eatingp. 134
Breathingp. 153
Consequences of Inverted Quarantinep. 169
Imaginary Refugep. 173
Political Anesthesiap. 194
Conclusion: The Future of an Illusionp. 223
Notesp. 239
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 319
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