Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk

Published on Jan 1, 1995
Ulrich Beck67
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Translator's Note. Preface. Introduction: The Immortality of Industrial Society and the Contents of the Book. Part I: Dead Ends. 1. Barbarism Modernised: The Eugenic Age. 2. The Naturalistic Misunderstanding of the Ecological Movement: Environmental Critique as Social Critique. 3. Industrial Fatalism: Organised Irresponsibility. Part II: Antidotes. 4. The Self-Refutation of Bureaucracy: The Victory of Industralism over Itself. 5. Implementation as Abolition of Technocracy: The Logic of Relativistic Science. 6. The "Poisoned Cake": Capital and Labour in Risk Society. 7. Conflicts over Progress: The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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Sustainable development agendas in Bangladesh are frequently framed in the media as being constrained by water insecurity and the decision-making challenges posed by multiple risks of both natural ...
Published on May 1, 2019in Applied Geography3.07
Chiara Certomà6
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(UGent: Ghent University),
Federico Martellozzo9
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(UniFI: University of Florence)
Abstract This paper explores the potential of the global urban gardening movement to mitigate spatial and environmental injustice conditions in the urban space. After a background discussion of the spatial and environmental injustice theory and an assessment of methodologies that have been adopted in relevant studies, we will highlight existing links with urban gardening initiatives in a specific case study, i.e. the city of Rome, Italy. The case study is introduced to investigate the spatial co...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
George Ferns1
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(Cardiff University)
Globalization has changed the world and greatly affected business and management education. However, within mainstream curricula globalization is often framed in a particularly narrow sense, which often reproduces business-as-usual. By implication, a sustainability perspective is hardly noticeable in most university-level subjects that draw from globalization. To explore ways of overcoming this shortcoming, I reflect on two aspects of my experience attempting to integrate sustainability into int...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Anne Fremaux ('QUB': Queen's University Belfast)
Against the optimistic and technocratic way of considering the Anthropocene as the ‘new age of humans,’ i.e., ‘human’s power over nature,’ this chapter rather evidences that the Anthropocene is an epoch of great danger and indeterminacy—and for scientists themselves, an age of ‘impotent power’—which calls, therefore, for prudence and humility. In opposition to the ecomodernist techno-optimistic ‘neoliberal Anthropocene,’ the alternative is a humbler ‘democratic Anthropocene,’ in which humanity r...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Anne Fremaux ('QUB': Queen's University Belfast)
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Published on Jan 1, 2019
Emmy Bergsma7
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(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
This chapter outlines a framework for analyzing cost and responsibility distributions in flood governance. The framework is based on an environmental politics perspective that draws attention to the role of experts in devising risk management solutions. A key concern that develops from this perspective is that experts—consciously or unconsciously—determine the distributive aspects of risk management solutions without a proper democratic debate on these distributions in the decision-making proces...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Sara Bonati (UniFI: University of Florence)
According to Beck’s “risk society” theory, local and global dynamics are interconnected, each contributing to frame new social, environmental and political risks in future scenarios. In this context, actors on the local scale have an active role in the production of changes and they are also extremely sensitive to the consequences of global phenomena (Wilbanks and Kates, Clim Change 43(3):601–628, 1999). Thus, as Wilbanks and Kates state (Clim Change 43(3):601–628, 1999), the study of global dyn...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Qiaolei Jiang (THU: Tsinghua University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2019
Łukasz Nazarko4
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(Bialystok University of Technology)
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a synthesis of the current body of knowledge on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as an emerging paradigm and a novel approach to governing science and innovation with the aim of making them ethically acceptable and socially desirable. The text focuses on RRI relevance not only as a new framework for research and innovation policy but also as a novel expression of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in enterprises engaged in technological innov...
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Geoffrey Craig6
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(AUT: Auckland University of Technology)
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