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Silent Spill: The Organization of an Industrial Crisis (Urban and Industrial Environments)

ISBN-13: 978-0262523202
ISBN-10: 0262523205
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Editorial Reviews


Breaks new ground in exploring the ways in which meaning and power mask the accumulation of environmental hazards.

(Loren Lutzenhiser, Professor, Department of Sociology, Washington State University)

In this fascinating work we see giant oil's corporate configuration, and the regulatory bureaucratic blinders, merge in a ponderous, slow and silent disaster, an organizational dance that is a harbinger of a 'new species of trouble.'

(Charles Perrow, Professor of Sociology, Yale University)

Beamish has managed to learn far more from an accident than have most researchers in recent decades. In this insightful work, he shows us that, in the aptly named Silent Spill, truth about power leaked out along with the dilutent. Thanks to his insights, this book has a great deal to tell us -- not only about what sociology can bring to the study of accidents, but also about what the study of accidents can bring to sociology.

(William R. Freudenburg, Professor of Rural Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

About the Author

Thomas D. Beamish is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.


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