Israel Rodríguez-Giralt presents the chapter “Coreografías del abandono: Cuidado y toxicidad en zonas de sacrificio”

On January 20, 2021, researcher Israel Rodríguez-Giralt intervened during the presentation of the book Tóxicos Invisibles. La Construcción de la Ignorancia Ambiental, edited by Ximo Guillem-Llobat (IILP-UV) and Agustín Nieto-Galán (IHC -UAB) and published by Icaria. At the event, he presented the work done for the chapter signed jointly with the researcher Manuel Tironi (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and entitled “Coreografías del abandono: Cuidado y toxicidad en zonas de sacrificio” Authors José Ramón Bertomeu (IILP-UV), Clara Florensa (EUG-UAB) and Judit Gil-Farrero (UB) also participated in the event.

Icaria publishing house has just published the book “Invisible Toxics. The construction of environmental ignorance”, which has been edited by Ximo Guillem Llobat and Agustín Nieto Galan and in which several researchers from the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute participate, such as José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez, Antonio García Belmar and Ignacio Suay Matallana. The book is partly the result of research funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) through the coordinated project “Toxic Spain” and its two subprojects: “Natural vs. Artificial: Industrial Waste, Expertise and Social Responses in 20th-Century Spain “(har2015-66364-C2-1-p) and” Living in a Toxic World: Expertos, Regulations and Public Controversies in 20th-Century Spain “(har2015-66364 -c2-2-p). The book was presented at the Valencian headquarters of the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute on January 20, 2021. “Tóxicos invisibles” presents us with a set of little-known stories of environmental pollution that occurred throughout the 20th century. It transports us to certain places, industries, regions, where the connivance of experts with public administrations and private companies has silenced and made the main victims of toxicity invisible: workers, activists, citizens in general. Through a set of rigorous historical investigations, the book shows how sophisticated mechanisms for the construction of ignorance are activated in these environmental conflicts that make it difficult to properly regulate products and recover diseased spaces, degraded in an almost irreversible way. “Tóxicos invisibles” is a denunciation of our deregulated industrial societies, complacent with the risks of thousands of synthetic products that invade our lives, and at the same time it is an appeal to the responsibility of all to improve our living conditions.