"This carefully crafted ethnographic account affirms the deep and adverse footprint of market-based industrial production on contemporary human lives and communities. By exploring the personal experience of exposure to the toxic risk produced by irresponsible corporate actions in a contaminated community, Little tells the occupational and environment story of our times: deindustrialization has left behind doubly damaged communities but helped to spark hope-affirming grassroots activism. This book makes clear the contributions of anthropology to the framing of a political ecological theory of human-environmental relations."
—Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut at Storrs
“Takes studies of contaminated communities into the 21st century—drawing out the sobering limits of environmental remediation and mitigation, and the way industrial decline both dissolves and calls out community. Little makes Vapor Intrusion—and the challenges it creates for science, regulation, and those living within it—into a sentinel condition of our times. The book is beautifully analyzed and written, and darkly evocative. Nuanced, but nevertheless maddening.”
—Kim Fortun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"This intense local study offers an important contribution, melding a keen application of key concepts in science and technology studies with ethnographic engagement with local people deeply affected by living with the consequences of the Computer Age. Toxic Town will be of interest not only to anthropologists but to scholars across many disciplines who seek to understand triumphal technocapitalism’s central role in creating and sustaining the pollution crisis.”
—Medical Anthropology Quarterly
“[T]his is an important and well-researched study of the ‘surfacing narratives’ of the U.S. tech industry’s erstwhile model village that tragically descended into ‘Computer Age ruin.’”
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