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For the collective good? Free–market claims for hazardous waste

For the collective good? Free–market claims for hazardous waste This article employs critical theory to analyze how the free–market perspective legitimates hazardous waste production and disposal. This legitimation is most apparent in processes of regulation and disposal of hazardous waste. Integral to regulation and disposal is a series of communication acts aimed at defining hazardous waste, suggesting particular relations of the substances to production, society, and individuals. We argue that free–market claims fundamentally distort the relation of hazardous waste to society, individuals, democratic process, and the ecosystem. We suggest that a reliance on a more holistic economic approach is necessary to address the dilemma facing society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

For the collective good? Free–market claims for hazardous waste

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2003.053897
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Abstract

This article employs critical theory to analyze how the free–market perspective legitimates hazardous waste production and disposal. This legitimation is most apparent in processes of regulation and disposal of hazardous waste. Integral to regulation and disposal is a series of communication acts aimed at defining hazardous waste, suggesting particular relations of the substances to production, society, and individuals. We argue that free–market claims fundamentally distort the relation of hazardous waste to society, individuals, democratic process, and the ecosystem. We suggest that a reliance on a more holistic economic approach is necessary to address the dilemma facing society.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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