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Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270206

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270206.001.0001

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The Personal Is Scientific, the Scientific Is Political

The Personal Is Scientific, the Scientific Is Political

The Public Paradigm of the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement

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Contested Illnesses

Sabrina McCormick

Phil Brown

Stephen Zavestoski

Alissa Cordner

University of California Press

This chapter describes the framework, history, and strategies of the environmental breast cancer movement, demonstrating the importance of understanding the fluidity of social-movement actors and developing the concept of a “boundary movement.” Boundary movements link the scientific and nonscientific realms, blur distinctions between laypeople and experts, and connect activist groups with nonactivist reform agents like public health officials. These movements sometimes employ “boundary objects” that have different meanings for diverse parties: for example, an air-quality monitor may represent an official data-gathering device for a government agency but a triumph of organizing success for a community group. The chapter specifically investigates environmental breast cancer movements in Massachusetts; Long Island, New York; and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Keywords:   environmental breast cancer movement, boundary movement, activist groups, public health officials

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