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Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-9-2012

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Sociology - Environmental Studies


Jesse Abrams


Widespread asbestos contamination and subsequent activism in Libby, Montana highlights the ways in which stories are used in identity formation and as tools for contesting power. The intensive activism that took place in Libby is characteristic of the larger environmental justice movement and offers important lessons about the nature of power and inequality in society.

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Libby (Mont.), Asbestos -- W.R. Grace & Company (Grace), W.R. Grace & Co., Vermiculite, Environmental justice, Activists -- Activism, Small cities -- Health, Industries -- Ethics, Narratives, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2012 -- Sociology-Environmental Studies

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