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dc.contributor.authorLamoreaux, Janelle
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-14T22:40:33Z
dc.date.available2019-08-14T22:40:33Z
dc.date.issued2019-03
dc.identifier.citationLamoreaux, Janelle. 2019. "'Swimming in Poison': Reimagining Endocrine Disruption through China’s Environmental Hormones." Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (e-journal) 30: 78–100. https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-30/lamoreaux.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2158-9666
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/ach.2019.0008
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/633836
dc.description.abstractThis article analyzes media responses to a 2010 Greenpeace China report titled Swimming in Poison. Among other alarming data, the report states that fish from collection points along the Yangtze River showed elevated levels of harmful "environmental hormones" (huanjing jisu), also referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Scholars have critiqued EDC science and activism for its heteronormative pathologizing of intersexuality, nonreproductive sexual activity, and impaired fertility, drawing attention to the "sex panic" at work in EDC discourse. This article shows that such sex panic is neither necessary nor universal in anxieties surrounding EDCs. Unlike media responses to EDC events in Europe and North America, Chinese news articles that followed the report did not focus on anxieties surrounding sexual transgression. Instead, media reactions focused on food safety, industrial capitalism, and the ecological scope of pollution. Based on this analysis, the author argues that the disruptive quality and analytic potential of China's environmental hormones has less to do with a defense of sexual purity or bodily integrity, and more to do with acknowledging the depths to which human and nonhuman bodies in today's China are suffused with the sometimes toxic social, economic, political, and chemical environments in which people eat, grow, and live.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWenner-Gren Foundation; National Science Foundation; Social Science Research Council; Wellcome Trust; University of Arizona's School of Anthropologyen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUNIV CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, INST EAST ASIAN STUDIESen_US
dc.rights© Cross-Currents, 2019. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.en_US
dc.subjectChinaen_US
dc.subjecttoxicityen_US
dc.subjectendocrine-disrupting chemicalsen_US
dc.subjectpollutionen_US
dc.subjectYangtze Riveren_US
dc.subjectGreenpeaceen_US
dc.subjectmilk powderen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental activismen_US
dc.subjecthormonesen_US
dc.title"Swimming in Poison": Reimagining Endocrine Disruption through China's Environmental Hormonesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Anthropolen_US
dc.identifier.journalCROSS-CURRENTS-EAST ASIAN HISTORY AND CULTURE REVIEWen_US
dc.description.noteOpen access journalen_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.source.volume8
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.beginpage195-223
refterms.dateFOA2019-08-14T22:40:34Z


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