How complexity gets reduced as a result of setbacks in legal and policy arena

Sellers, C. (1999). “Body, Place and the State: The Makings of an “Environmentalist” Imaginary in the Post-World War II U.S.” Radical History Review 74: 31-64.

This *really* interesting article takes us back to two law suits around DDT use on Long Island in late 50s and early 60s, which proved very influential in the subsequent character of US environmentalism.  In doing so, it complicates the story that the US environmental movement emphasized the concerns of well-off whites until the rise of the environmental justice movement.

Reading this forms one step in the development of a sketch of “a research proposal for international collaboration comparing policy and practices around new genetic technologies,” my work-in-progress presentation for a Collaborative Exploration this month, see


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