This wide-ranging and accessible contribution to the study of risk, ecology and 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 `risk societies'.
Chapter 2: May the Sheep Safely Graze? A Reflexive View of the Expert–Lay Knowledge Divide
May the Sheep Safely Graze? A Reflexive View of the Expert–Lay Knowledge Divide
It has been a frequently remarked feature of the environmental issue that it is so strongly characterised in scientific terms, even though the modern cultural reflex to do so may be seen as part of the deeper roots of the ‘environmental’ problem (Yearley, 1992; Redclift and Benton, 1994). Likewise, even environmental NGOs, originally the creative cutting edge of a new cultural sensibility, are seen as selling the pass when they trade so heavily in the scientific discourse of modern officially espoused environmentalism (Jamison, this volume). It is not clear how far and in what precise ways modern environmentalism as a ...