Wannabe Toxic-Free? From Precautionary Consumption to Corporeal Citizenship

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Dayna Nadine Scott

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Jennie Haw


Robyn Lee

University of Alberta

Date Written: November 8, 2016


Ecological citizens are increasingly encouraged to adopt ‘precautionary consumption’ – a set of practices aimed at shielding them from the potential health harms of exposures to everyday toxics. The utility and the effects of precautionary consumption in relation to common chemical exposures are investigated. Precautionary consumption is not only of questionable utility, but is fundamentally misguided as an approach for inspiring antitoxics organizing. The failure of this approach is in part due to its assumption of a naturally bounded, autonomous individual who is able to maintain an impermeable boundary between herself and the environment. Drawing on the work of material feminist theorists, it is argued that Gabrielson and Parady’s notion of corporeal citizenship, an approach that places bodies into a complex web of material, ecological relations entangled with the social, offers several strategic advantages for framing resistance strategies.

Keywords: Precautionary Consumption, Toxics, Environmental Health, Corporeal Citizenship, Material Feminisms, Ecological Citizenship

Suggested Citation

Scott, Dayna Nadine and Haw, Jennie and Lee, Robyn, Wannabe Toxic-Free? From Precautionary Consumption to Corporeal Citizenship (November 8, 2016). Environmental Politics, 2016, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2866492 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2866492

Dayna Nadine Scott (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Jennie Haw

Independent ( email )

Robyn Lee

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3

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