The Culture of Flushing
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Release Date:01 Jul 2007
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The Culture of Flushing

A Social and Legal History of Sewage

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To most, the flush of a toilet is routine: the way we banish waste and ensure cleanliness. It is safe, efficient, necessary, nonpolitical, and utterly unremarkable. Yet Jamie Benidickson’s examination of the social and legal history of sewage in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom demonstrates that the uncontroversial reputation of flushing is deceptive. The Culture of Flushing is particularly relevant in a time when community water quality can no longer be taken for granted, as it investigates and clarifies the murky evolution of waste treatment.

The Culture of Flushing is essential reading for specialists in environmental history, environmental law, public health, engineering, and public policy. Those concerned with protecting water quality and the environment will also find it unique, comprehensive, and accessible.

The Culture of Flushing is essential reading for specialists in environmental history, environmental law, public health, engineering, and public policy. Those concerned with protecting water quality and the environment will also find this book unique, comprehensive, and accessible.

The Culture of Flushing does a fine job of comparing issues across national borders, and is one of only a very few studies that integrates English, American, and Canadian experiences. This is a very good synthesis of an important topic that should be of interest to scholars in many fields and to people in many walks of life. Martin V. Melosi, professor of history, University of Houston, and author of Effluent America and The Sanitary City
Jamie Benidickson teaches at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He is the author of Idleness, Water, and a Canoe: Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure and other publications on the environment, water law, and social history.

Foreword: Risk and Responsibility in a Waste-Full World / Graeme Wynn

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The Advantage of a Flow of Water

2 Navigating Aquatic Priorities

3 A Source of Civic Pride

4 The Water Closet Revolution

5 Municipal Evacuation

6 Learning to Live Downstream

7 The Bacterial Assault on Local Government

8 The Dilutionary Impulse at Chicago

9 Separating Water from the Waterways

10 Streams Are Nature’s Sewers

11 Riparian Resurrection

12 Governing Water

Conclusion

Notes

Suggested Reading

Index

Product Format
Paperback
Dimensions
152 x 229
Weight
640 grams
Publication Date
Jul 1, 2007
Number of Pages
432
ISBN
9780774812924
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Hardcover
Dimensions
152 x 229
Weight
740 grams
Publication Date
Jan 31, 2007
Number of Pages
432
ISBN
9780774812917
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PDF
Dimensions
152 x 229
Weight
0 grams
Publication Date
Jul 1, 2007
Number of Pages
432
ISBN
9780774855532
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