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Toxic Safety: "Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health"

Alissa Cordner


Initially marketed as a life-saving advancement, flame retardants are now mired in controversy. Some argue that data show the chemicals are unsafe while others continue to support their use. The tactics of each side have far-reaching consequences for how we interpret new scientific discoveries. An experienced environmental sociologist, Alissa Cordner conducts more than a hundred interviews with activists, scientists, regulators, and industry professionals to isolate the social, scientific, economic, and political forces influencing environmental health policy today. Introducing “strategic scie ... More

Keywords: flame retardants, environmental health, sociology of science, environmental sociology, new political sociology of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171465
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alissa Cordner, author