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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'.

The Tears Inside the Stone: Reflections on the Ecology of Fear
The tears inside the stone: Reflections on the ecology of fear

Each day I live, each day the sea of light

Rises, I seem to see

The tears inside the stone

As if my eyes were gazing beneath the earth.1

My topic is fear and incoherence. My aim is deconstruction, but only in the positive sense in which archaeology is a deconstruction of a landscape: we need a creative disruption of the weird games played by our world's elites. They are trick-cyclists, keeping upright and steady simply because they move forward so quickly – the Emperor's new bike! As citizens and/or as ‘experts’ we play our role in this circus-drama: the parcel must have a content – because we ...

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