Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers

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Februar 2006



An account of sick building syndrome and the large number of historical conditions--office worker protests, feminism, ventilation engineering, toxicology, etc.--that coalesced to give this phenomenon real existence.


Michelle Murphy is Assistant Professor in the History Department and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.


"Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty is all at once about the women's health movement, ventilation, cybernetics, virology, and chemical toxity. It is labor history and medical history wrapped into a fiercely disputed knot. Unraveling that tangle, and using the Syndrome to tell us about who we were at the turn of the millennium, Michelle Murphy has written a remarkable, insightful book." Peter Galison, author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Map: Empire of Time "How does an illness come into being? In this provocative study, Michelle Murphy takes us on a journey into the making of an environmental illness, into the spaces of the modern office building, gendered labor practices, and workers' bodies to reveal what is perceived and what is invisible in the built environment where many Americans spend their working days. How sick buildings and indoor air pollution became visible problems in environmental health is a story that takes us far beyond the architectural history of office buildings. It takes us deep into the architecture of reality: into how we know and what we know about environmental exposures and the uncertainties they pose both to knowledge and human health."--Gregg Mitman, author of The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900-1950
EAN: 9780822336594
ISBN: 0822336596
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 253 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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