Environmental and risk issues are symptomatic of deep-seated social and cultural tensions and transformations in the fabric of contemporary societies. This major contribution to the study of risk, ecology, and the place of social theory in making sense of the environment helps us to understand the politics of ecology and the place of social theory in making sense of environmental issues. The book provides insights into the complex dynamics of change in so-called risk societies. In this volume, the issues of risk and environment are explored at three levels. The contributors offer a critical assessment of dominant institutional ways of thinking and talking about risk and counterpose these with more open, self-critical approaches. They explore individuals' sense of risk and its expression in collective insecurities and they show how political thinking and debate on risk and environmentalism has been, and can further be, transformed. Wide-ranging and accessible, Risk, Environment & Modernity contains contributions from leading scholars, including Ulrich Beck, author of Risk Society. It will rapidly establish itself as the key text in the field and will be required reading by students of sociology, political science, geography, and environmental studies. "This is the strongest edited collection on the relationship between modernity, risk and the environment to be published to date and it deserves a place on the book shelf of every one who takes these issues seriously. Perhaps more importantly this book needs to be read by everyone who thinks that existing responses will ultimately 'solve the environmental problem.' The editors present the collection as a slow manifesto capable of transforming the reductionism and realism they see dominating both natural and social scientific approaches to the environment. In twelve essays, organized into three sections, considerable progress is made toward this ambitious goal. . . . This is a book with an important message one can only hope that it is read and widely debated." --a prepublication review in Environmental Politics
Bronislaw Szerszynski, Scott Lash and Brian Wynne
PART ONE: ENVIRONMENT, KNOWLEDGE AND INDETERMINACY: BEYOND MODERNIST ECOLOGY?
Risk Society and Provident State
May the Sheep Safely Graze? A Reflexive View of the Expert-Lay Knowledge Divide
On Knowing What to Do
PART TWO: RISK AND THE SELF: ENCOUNTERS AND RESPONSES
Life as a Planning Project
Individualization at Work
The Tears inside the Stone
PART THREE: THE POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT: EXHAUSTION OR RENEWAL?
The Institutionalization of Environmentalism
The Shaping of the Global Environmental Agenda
Maarten A Hajer
Ecological Modernization as Cultural Politics
Environmental Knowledge and Public Policy Needs