Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Nature - 247 pages
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Time is the invisible other that works outside and beyond the reach of our senses. Thinking of the environment as a timescape allows us to see the hazards of an industrial way of life. The invisible becomes tangible and we begin to recognize processes that work below the surface until they materialize as symptoms - sometime, somewhere. This text focuses on time to facilitate a deeper understanding of the interactions between environmental, economic, political and socio-cultural concerns. Barbara Adam argues that environmental hazards hazards are inescapably tied to the successes of the industrial way of life: global markets and economic growth; large-scale production of food; the speed of transport and communication; the 24 hour society and even democratic politics. Introducing a timescape perspective, the author dislodges taken-for-granted assumptions about environmental change, enables reformulation of environmental problems and their cures and provides the potential for strategies to deal with some of the most severe environmental hazards of our time.
 

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Contents

Nature reconstituted and reconceptualised
23
Its all about money isnt it? Time all things green and profitable and moonlighting for the environment
61
The eye of time on the industrial way of life
101
Square pegs into round holes Democracy and the timescapes of environmental politics
103
Industrial food for thought For everything there is a season and a place
127
Mediated knowledge Of timelags and amnesia reporting on BSE
163
Radiated identities Invisibility latency symptoms the case of Chernobyl
193
Genies on the loose what now Aladdin?
211
References
231
Index
239
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About the author (1998)

My primary expertise is in the area of social and socio-environmental time. I have developed this perspective over the last three decades during which I have worked the time dimension into the following areas of conceptual and empirical social science research: culture, education, environment, environmental economics, food, globalisation, gender, health, international relations, management, media, risk, technological innovation, transport and work.

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