Advocacy After Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders

Paperback | July 24, 2001

byKim Fortun

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The 1984 explosion of the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India was undisputedly one of the world's worst industrial disasters. Some have argued that the resulting litigation provided an "innovative model" for dealing with the global distribution of technological risk; others consider the disaster a turning point in environmental legislation; still others argue that Bhopal is what globalization looks like on the ground.

Kim Fortun explores these claims by focusing on the dynamics and paradoxes of advocacy in competing power domains. She moves from hospitals in India to meetings with lawyers, corporate executives, and environmental justice activists in the United States to show how the disaster and its effects remain with us. Spiraling outward from the victims' stories, the innovative narrative sheds light on the way advocacy works within a complex global system, calling into question conventional notions of responsibility and ethical conduct. Revealing the hopes and frustrations of advocacy, this moving work also counters the tendency to think of Bhopal as an isolated incident that "can't happen here."

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The 1984 explosion of the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India was undisputedly one of the world's worst industrial disasters. Some have argued that the resulting litigation provided an "innovative model" for dealing with the global distribution of technological risk; others consider the disaster a turning point in environment...

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The 1984 explosion of the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India was undisputedly one of the world's worst industrial disasters. Some have argued that the litigation following the Bhopal disaster provided an "innovative model" for dealing with the global distribution of technological risk; others consider the disaster a turning ...

Kim Fortun is an associate professor in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 24, 2001Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226257207

ISBN - 13:9780226257204

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Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PROLOGUE: THE TIMES
INTRODUCTION Advocacy, Ethnography, and Complex
Systems
ONE Plaintive Response
TWO Happening Here
THREE Union Carbide, Having a Hand in Things
FOUR Working Perspectives
FIVE States of India
SIX Situational Particularities
SEVEN Opposing India
EIGHT Women's Movements
NINE Anarchism and Its Discontents
TEN Communities Concerned about
Corporations
ELEVEN Green Consulting
EPILOGUE
APPENDIX
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX