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Shopping Our Way to Safety
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Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves
by Andrew Szasz

Fearful of public water fountains, you buy bottled water instead. By examining this type of phenomenon, sociologist Andrew Szasz exposes the ways in which Americans have retreated from tackling public problems like pollution and isolated themselves with lifestyle choices that will protect them from the harm everyone else is suffering--what he calls "inverted quarantines." The result, he says, has been a more dangerous world and more anxious consumers.

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