Toxic Injustice (Paperback)

A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle

By Susanna Rankin Bohme

University of California Press, 9780520278998, 360pp.

Publication Date: December 5, 2014

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The pesticide dibromochloropropane, known as DBCP, was developed by the chemical companies Dow and Shell in the 1950s to target wormlike, soil-dwelling creatures called nematodes. Despite signs that the chemical was dangerous, it was widely used in U.S. agriculture and on Chiquita and Dole banana plantations in Central America. In the late 1970s, DBCP was linked to male sterility, but an uneven regulatory process left many workers—especially on Dole’s banana farms—exposed for years after health risks were known.

Susanna Rankin Bohme tells an intriguing, multilayered history that spans fifty years, highlighting the transnational reach of corporations and social justice movements. Toxic Injustice links health inequalities and worker struggles as it charts how people excluded from workplace and legal protections have found ways to challenge power structures and seek justice from states and transnational corporations alike.

About the Author

Susanna Rankin Bohme is Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University.

Praise For Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle

"[Bohme] has skillfully brought together an extensive amount of detail from multiple sources. . . Recommended."

— Byron Anderson

"An invaluable book."

— The Journal of American History

"Bohme dissects the sectorial and geographic inequalities around health and regulation as she unpacks the growing evidence for the harm caused by DBCP exposure... [the book] demonstrates how focusing on a single event or process invites us to look at the wider social and historical context in which it occurs, and in doing so reveals the complexities of a political economy in today’s global environment."

— Latin American Research Review