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      From: urbanth-l-bounces@...
      [mailto:urbanth-l-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Angela Jancius
      Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 2:47 PM
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      Subject: [URBANTH-L] Call for Chapters: Killer Commodities: A Critical
      Anthropological Examination of Corporate Products and Public Health

      Call for Book Chapters

      Killer Commodities:
      A Critical Anthropological Examination of Corporate Products and Public
      Health Edited by Merrill Singer, Ph.D. and Hans Baer, Ph.D.
      Publisher: AltaMira Press

      Almost every day there are fresh accounts plastered across newspaper
      headlines and broadcast solemnly on the evening news of consumer products,
      ostensibly designed to meet consumer wants and desires, that turn out to be
      deadly in their unintended effects. From a long and ever growing list of
      pharmaceutical products to children's toys, the public health has suffered
      because very unsafe items regularly reach consumer hands. The costs are
      telling. In this book, we refer to these products as "killer commodities,"
      consumer goods produced and marketed by leading corporations that turn out
      before long to be highly dangerous and sometimes fatal for consumers or
      others. In retrospect, it is not uncommon to learn that producers of these
      toxic products had some degree of awareness that their goods might be
      hazardous, but the appeal of untold fortune pushed them to mass
      distribution. This edited volume, a companion to the recently published
      Unhealthy Health Policies (AltaMira 2004), will include original chapters
      from critical medical anthropologists and other health social scientists
      from around the world. Also included in the book will be chapters that
      address deadly aspects of the corporate production processes as well as
      health-threatening environmental destruction tied to commodity production.

      United around a common theme of substantial consequence: what is the extent
      of harm wrought by unsafe, unsound, and inadequately tested consumer goods
      from manufacture to discard, the chapters in this book will address the ways
      in which the damage of dangerous corporate production is distributed in
      society in light of the existing configuration of social inequality between
      nations, social classes, ethnic/racial groups, and genders. Written in the
      vogue of the new public-focused anthropology, the book argues that the
      public has not been granted a full and complete airing of the public health
      aspects of many of the products they consume.

      If you are interested in contributing a 30 page (double spaced) chapter for
      consideration for inclusion in this timely volume, please send a one page
      description with title, brief chapter overview, author(s) name and
      affiliations/discipline, availability to complete the chapter by the Spring
      2006, and willingness to make changes in your draft based on comments by the
      editors, as well as inquires by July 15, 2005 to:

      Merrill Singer anthro8566@... and Hans Baer habaer@... Merrill
      Singer Center for Community Health Research Hispanic Health Council
      175 Main St.
      Hartford, CT 06106
      (860)527-0856, EX. 253
      Email: anthro8566@...


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