Radon's Deadly Daughters: Science, Environmental Policy, and the Politics of Risk

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Dezember 1997



This work unveils the factors that have led to misunderstanding of the geologic radon issue. It shows how risk factors are hidden by mystic beliefs that contradict scientific realities and how political and scientific realities behind environmental policy can undermine an effective response.


Chapter 1 Victims of a New Threat Chapter 2 Seeing the Invisible: The Recognition of Natural Radon Chapter 3 Tightrope Walking a Federal Response to Geologic Radon Chapter 4 Where Did They Hide the Dead Bodies? Chapter 5 The Myth of the Reading Prong Chapter 6 The Myth of the Quick Fix Chapter 7 Passing the Buck Chapter 8 Radon Program Decentralization Chapter 9 Marketing Radon Risk to the Wary Consumer Chapter 10 The Radon Private Sector Chapter 11 Limits of the Market Chapter 12 Radon as a Non-Regulatory Risk Chapter 13 The Societal Implications of Radon Exposure Chapter 14 The Science and Technology of Radon


Michael R. Edelstein is professor of environmental psychology at Ramapo College in New Jersey and the author of Contaminated Communities. William J. Makofske is professor of environmental physics at Ramapo College and the author of Technology and Global Environmental Issues. Both previously collaborated on Radon and the Environment.


As its subtitle promises, this is a book on radon policy, not radon psychology. Yet in another sense Radon's Deadly Daughters is very much a book about health psychology. How radon came to be framed as it did, and how the way it was framed affected policy and thus public health, are essentially questions of health psychology, questions that Edelstein and Makofske address with authority and insight. Journal Of Health Psychology The authors provide a persuasive, well-written case study in which radon policy is seen as a model of a failing, decentralized, free market approach to environmental hazards. The book provides a succesful weave of science, policy, and culture. This is a thought provoking book for those interested in understanding radon or risk assessment and for environmental planning faculty looking for a well written, comprehensive case study. Journal Of The American Planning Association
EAN: 9780847683345
ISBN: 0847683346
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1997
Seitenanzahl: 380 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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