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The Drug Company Next DoorPollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico$
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Alexa S. Dietrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724996.001.0001

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Radical Redistributions of Knowledge

Radical Redistributions of Knowledge

A Holistic View of Environmental Health

(p.165) 6 Radical Redistributions of Knowledge
The Drug Company Next Door

Alexa S. Dietrich

NYU Press

This chapter returns to the core issue of environmental impacts on health and brings forward the pervasive problem for activists, residents, and pharmaceutical employees alike: the knowledge required to prove that there is a relationship between the environment and poor health is in the hands of “experts,” many of whom are in some way beholden to the industry. Those who are not beholden often have “captured” perspectives: their sincere beliefs, built upon the perceived economic necessity of the drug companies, lead them to discount evidence and experience presented by non-expert citizens. Given these issues, this chapter suggests strategies through which activists and educators can work to promote a more equitable redistribution and production of knowledge.

Keywords:   environmental impacts, health, activists, residents, pharmaceutical employees, drug companies, pharmaceutical industry, knowledge distribution

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