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Popular epidemiology to reveal environmental inequality Volume 19, issue 4, July-August 2020

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1 Maître de conférences en sciences économiques HDR
Université de Haute-Alsace
CERDACC EA 3992
34, rue du Grillenbreit
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68008 Colmar Cedex
France
2 Experte et présidente du groupe de travail « Sciences humaines et sociales » entre 2012 et 2015
Unité Risques et société à l’Anses
Paris
France
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Popular epidemiologyaims to reveal environmental inequality. This article examines how victims recognize overexposure to specific risks. It shows that mobilization through an affected community is an effective way to an environmental health problem to the forefront. The investigative work carried out by laypersons thus constitutes an alternative knowledge that supplements classical expertise, while questioning the methods. It is part of an empowerment strategy for residents who refuse to be mere spectators of the deterioration of their environment.