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Author MacKendrick, Norah, author.

Title Better safe than sorry : how consumers navigate exposure to everyday toxics / Norah MacKendrick.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  HF5415.33.U6 M33 2018    AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 252 pages ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Safe until sorry : chemical regulation in the United States -- Personalizing pollution : the environmental health movement -- Be a super shopper! precautionary consumption at the grocery store -- The high stakes of shopping : precautionary consumption as mothers' work -- Precautionary consumption as a class act -- Moving toward environmental justice.
Summary "How toxic are the products we consume on a daily basis? Whether it's triclosan in toothpaste, formaldehyde in baby shampoo, endocrine disruptors in water bottles, or pesticides on strawberries, consumers are increasingly concerned about the chemicals in their food and personal care products. This book chronicles how ordinary people try to avoid exposure to toxics in grocery store aisles using the practice of 'precautionary consumption.' Through an innovative analysis of environmental regulation, the advocacy work of environmental health groups, the expansion of the health-food chain Whole Foods Market, and interviews with consumers, Norah MacKendrick ponders why the problem of toxics in the U.S. retail landscape has been left to individual shoppers--and to mothers in particular. She reveals how precautionary consumption, or 'green shopping, ' is a costly and time-intensive practice, one that is connected to cultural ideas of femininity and good motherhood but is also most available to upper- and middle-class households. Better Safe Than Sorry powerfully argues that precautionary consumption places a heavy and unfair burden of labor on women and does little to advance environmental justice or mitigate risk."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Consumer behavior -- United States.
Women consumers -- United States -- Psychology.
Product safety -- United States.
Consumer goods -- United States -- Safety measures.
Consumer behavior. (OCoLC)fst00876238
Consumer goods -- Safety measures. (OCoLC)fst00876341
Product safety. (OCoLC)fst01078248
Women consumers -- Psychology. (OCoLC)fst01177533
Verbraucherverhalten. (DE-588)4062644-1
Verbraucherin. (DE-588)4245152-8
Sicherheitsmaßnahme. (DE-588)4181167-7
Nachhaltigkeit. (DE-588)4326464-5
Umweltbelastung. (DE-588)4061619-8
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
USA. (DE-588)4078704-7
Other Form: Online version: MacKendrick, Norah. Better safe than sorry. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] 9780520969070 (DLC) 2017054558
ISBN 9780520296688 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0520296680 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780520296695 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
0520296699 (paperback ; alkaline paper)

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