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Life without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay

Daniel Renfrew


Drawing on political ecology and science studies perspectives, Life without Lead examines the social, political, and environmental dimensions of a devastating lead-poisoning epidemic. Lead became Uruguay’s first mass contamination event, affecting tens of thousands of children in neighborhoods across the capital, Montevideo, and other cities. Carrying along a deep sense of urgency, the discovery and unfolding of lead contamination raised broad-ranging questions about the nature of urban environmental risk, the fraught and changing relationship between citizens and the state, and the transforma ... More

Keywords: lead poisoning, contamination, ethnography, political ecology, science studies, place, class, neoliberalism, environmental justice, Uruguay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295469
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Renfrew, author
West Virginia University