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dc.contributor.authorClark, J. F. M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-16T00:33:16Z
dc.date.available2018-02-16T00:33:16Z
dc.date.issued2017-09-20
dc.identifier249053448
dc.identifierf75d98f2-fc0d-4770-9353-018c42a073c1
dc.identifier85026657469
dc.identifier000407221600004
dc.identifier.citationClark , J F M 2017 , ' Pesticides, pollution and the UK's silent spring, 1963-64 : Poison in the garden of England ' , Notes and Records of the Royal Society , vol. 71 , no. 3 , 297 , pp. 297-327 . https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2016.0040en
dc.identifier.issn0035-9149
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7948-9229/work/60427915
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10023/12729
dc.descriptionFunding for much of the research for this essay was obtained from a Carnegie Trust Research Grant.en
dc.description.abstractDespite being characterized as ‘one of the worst agricultural accidents in Britain in the 1960s’, the ‘Smarden incident’ has never been subjected to a complete historical analysis. In 1963, a toxic waste spill in Kent coincided with the publication of the British edition of Rachel Carson's Silent spring. This essay argues that these events combined to ‘galvanize’ nascent toxic and environmental consciousness. A seemingly parochial toxic waste incident became part of a national phenomenon. The Smarden incident was considered to be indicative of the toxic hazards that were born of technocracy. It highlighted the inadequacies of existent concepts and practices for dealing with such hazards. As such, it was part of the fracturing of the consensus of progress: it made disagreements in expertise publicly visible. By the completion of the episode, 10 different governmental ministries were involved. Douglas Good, a local veterinary surgeon, helped to effect the ‘reception’ of Silent spring in the UK by telling the ‘Smarden story’ through local and national media and through the publications of anti-statist organizations.
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dc.format.extent535476
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofNotes and Records of the Royal Societyen
dc.subjectPesticidesen
dc.subjectSmardenen
dc.subjectRachel Carsonen
dc.subjectExpertiseen
dc.subjectEnvironmentalismen
dc.subjectPollutionen
dc.subjectDA Great Britainen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectS Agriculture (General)en
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subjectBDCen
dc.subjectR2Cen
dc.subject.lccDAen
dc.subject.lccGEen
dc.subject.lccS1en
dc.titlePesticides, pollution and the UK's silent spring, 1963-64 : Poison in the garden of Englanden
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorCarnegie Trusten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Ancient Environmental Studiesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2016.0040
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2018-02-15
dc.identifier.grantnumberen


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