9780335207831

Risk, Environment and Society : Ongoing Debates, Current Issues and Future Prospects

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    9780335207831

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Summary

"Risk, Environment and Societyis an inventive and core text within the framework of risk studies, and should be read first by any scholar interrested in that field. If you are a newcomer in that field, this is the book to begin with, because it is clear and extensive. ... Among recent books, I can't think of a more useful scholarly achievement in risk studies, making Piet Strydom one of the true leading theorists in his discipline." Sociological Research On-Line How and why have the closed expert debates of past decades become an open public discourse about nuclear, environmental and biotechnological risks? What can a cultural and institutional analysis reveal about risks and their social construction? Is it possible to develop a new critical theory of the risk society? This book offers an overview and analysis of nuclear, global environmental and biotechnological dangers, threats and hazards in the context of public debates about risk from the 1950s to the present. It considers what impact these risks and debates are having on society, transforming underlying cultural assumptions (for example about nature) but also public communication, social institutions, and even the way society is organized. Piet Strydom reconstructs public debates and social scientific theories to provide a fresh approach to the risk society. From this comes a new theoretical perspective for studying the emerging social conditions of the twenty-first century. The result is a penetrating and essential text for students and researchers across a range of areas including sociology, environmental studies, politics, and cultural and communications studies.

Author Biography

Piet Strydom is Statutory Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Cork. He is a former founder-director of the Centre for European Social Research, Cork, where he was responsible for a variety of collaborative EU research projects. Having published noted articles in journals such as Political Studies, Theory, Culture and Society, Philosophy and Social Criticism, European Journal of Social Theory and Current Sociology, he most recently presented his research programme in a major work entitled Discourse and Knowledge (2000).

Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword ix
Preface and acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1(1)
Public discourse and the social sciences
2(1)
The societal significance of risk
3(2)
Theoretical approach
5(1)
Structure of the book
6(3)
Part one Problems, debates, frameworks and theories 9(62)
The risk discourse: the contemporary concern with risk
11(25)
First phase: nuclear energy, safety research and the risk assessment debate
13(3)
Second phase: nuclear and environmental opposition and the social acceptability of risk
16(5)
Third phase: public concern and the problem of risk perception
21(4)
Fourth phase: full-scale public risk discourse
25(9)
Summary
34(2)
Background theories and frameworks of understanding
36(17)
Background theories: from human ecology to the theory of modernity
37(9)
Epistemological frameworks: realism and constructivism
46(6)
Summary
52(1)
Major theoretical directions
53(18)
Critical theory of the risk society
54(9)
Sceptical theory of the contingent society
63(6)
Summary
69(2)
Part two Cultural and institutional analysis 71(72)
Risk - what is it?
73(15)
Risk semantics
74(1)
Lexical and conceptual history of risk
75(2)
Scheme of safety and danger
77(1)
Classification of the semantic field of risk
78(2)
The universal, global and irreversible quality of new risks
80(4)
The reality of risk and its social construction
84(3)
Summary
87(1)
Societal production of risk: society as laboratory
88(17)
From religion to science
89(3)
Culturally defined processes of risk production: the state and science
92(6)
The modern relation to nature: organic, mechanical and cybernetic
98(3)
The experimenting society: society as laboratory
101(2)
Summary
103(2)
Discursive construction of risk: the new public sphere
105(18)
The communication revolution and the transformation of the public sphere
106(2)
Public communication, discourse, and the contemporary public sphere
108(6)
The social construction of risk
114(8)
Summary
122(1)
Consensus and conflict in the risk society
123(20)
Changing cultural foundations: nature
124(2)
Emergent cultural forms of legitimation: sustainability, responsibility, citizenship
126(6)
Emergent institutions: new and reflexive
132(4)
The nascent society of the twenty-first century: world government and bio-society?
136(5)
Summary
141(2)
Part three Rethinking the risk society 143(24)
Towards a new critical theory
145(15)
Risk society, knowledge society, communication society
146(1)
The new cognitive sociology
147(3)
Constructivism
150(2)
Responsibility in the experimenting society
152(1)
Socio-cognitive critique
153(4)
The public role of sociology
157(3)
Conclusion
160(7)
References 167(14)
Index 181

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