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Rachel Carson's Legacy: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Gender Concerns
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2012 (English)In: GAIA, ISSN 0940-5550, Vol. 21, no 3, 225-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring ignited a controversy over synthetic chemical residues, which illustrates several important elements of gender in Carson's legacy. First, Carson's approaches in Silent Spring challenged traditional gender stereotypes. Second, the reception to Silent Spring reveals assumptions about gender that influenced the ways in which Carson's critics understood human and environmental health. Finally, endocrine disrupting chemicals had the potential to disrupt sexual differentiation in exposed animals. Two of Carson's core insights-the transgenerational effects of synthetic chemicals and the ecological context of human health-have continuing relevance for understanding the environmental and human health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 3, 225-229 p.
Keyword [en]
endocrine disruptors, gender, Rachel Carson
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History of Ideas
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History Of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61998ISI: 000309786100013OAI: diva2:576138
Available from: 2012-12-12 Created: 2012-12-04 Last updated: 2012-12-12Bibliographically approved

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