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ERIC Number: ED056144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Pages: 22
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The Peregrine Falcon and the Urban Poor. Some Sociological Interrelations.
Burch, William R., Jr.
It is shown what the peregrine falcon, threatened with extinction by DDT, and the urban poor have in common. Specifically, a study in New Haven, Connecticut was done to explore the relation between social class and the average emissions for the air pollutants: carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter. (Data are taken from a New Haven Health Department study in 1968.) Lower class urban dwellers are more often exposed to air pollution; and that each of the particular pollutants, when ingested at certain modest levels over continuing periods, is likely to be an important influence upon one's ability to persist in the struggle for improvement of social position. The upper class urban or suburban commuter, although he faces peaks of high pollution exposure, his body has much longer troughs of lower exposure levels and some ability to discharge the irritants. However, the urban poor face unremitting exposures, which like nutritional deficiencies, seem one mechanism by which class differences are maintained. This is true not only for air pollution but also for noise and other assaults upon the senses. (Author/JW)
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Note: Revised version of paper presented at American Sociological Association annual meeting, Denver, Colo., August 1971