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Fighting and Living with Asbestos-Related Disasters in Brazil
190 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-931-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-932-7 eBook Not Yet Published
“It is a good scholarly review of the situation regarding the use of asbestos at a major facility in Brazil with a fine ethnographic review.” • Arthur L. Frank, Drexel University
“This book well exemplifies the value and the utility of anthropology in illuminating a community’s struggle with contaminants, the embodiment of suffering, and the search for environmental justice.” • Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam
Toxic production, disrupted lives and contaminated bodies. Care for unacknowledged suffering, incurable cancers, and immeasurable losses. This book bears witness to the invisible disasters provoked by the asbestos market worldwide and gives a voice to the communities of survivors who struggle daily in the name of social and environmental justice. Grounded in a profound, touching ethnography, this book offers an original contribution to understanding global health disasters and grassroots health-based activism.
Agata Mazzeo is Adjunct Professor of History of Anthropology at the University of Bologna. She has been published in international journals and she has co-authored articles on the asbestos market.
Subject: Medical Anthropology Environmental Studies
Area: Latin America
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Chapter 1. The Toxic Market of Asbestos and Global Health Disasters
Chapter 2. Osasco: City, Work and Struggles
Chapter 3. Suffering and Embodied Disasters
Chapter 4. The Politics of Anti-Asbestos Activism
Chapter 5. Engaging Global Health, Anti-Asbestos Activism and Ethnography
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