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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'.

Re-Vision: The Centrality of Time for an Ecological Social Science Perspective
Re-vision: The centrality of time for an ecological social science perspective

Globalised processes and phenomena display features which cannot be grasped with the conceptual tools of the Enlightenment: dualities, objectivity, empiricism and past-based knowledge are widely questioned in the sciences and the arts as adequate conceptual tools for analyses of the local–global connection, the loss of ‘the other’, invisible threats and unknowable futures (see Capra, 1982; Bohm 1983; Hiley and Peat, 1987; Hekman, 1990; Leggett, 1990; Poster, 1990; Ermarth 1992; Goldsmith 1992). In the social sciences, the analyses of Beck (1992a and b, and this volume) and Giddens (1990, 1991) play a central role in highlighting the distinctiveness of those contemporary features. Their work therefore ...

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