The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Environmental Risks and Public Perceptions

Environmental Risks and Public Perceptions

Environmental risks and public perceptions

Introduction: Environmental Risks, Manufactured Uncertainties and the Theory of Risk Society

The title “environmental risks and public perception” may suggest just another sociological analysis of the social perception of factual risks, at best in the footsteps of social constructionism or post-modern criticism. Such an approach focuses on different and contested social risk constructions which are strongly shaped by variations in individual and collective understandings. However, it programmatically abstains from all questions of the constitution and the social impacts of risk. But risks can teach us about possibilities of reflexive learning in political institutions which in times of pure administrative rationality tend to be fixed and immutable. So, the question of institutions and policies in mind, our contribution ...

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