This text brings together major European writers, including Ulrich Beck, to discuss issues related to technology, risk and nature. The first section examines the "instrumentalization" of nature and the relation between science, technology and expert systems. These themes are elaborated in the second section by a discussion of the implication of technology (and risk) in late-modern ideas of the "self", individualization and reflexivity. The third section examines the institutionalization of enivironmentalism, the politics of ecology and the role that the social sciences can play in these debates.
Professor Scott Lash is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, as well as a a project leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme. He is a leading name within sociology and cultural studies, has written numerous books and articles over the last twenty years, and is currently the managing editor for the journal Theory, Culture and Society. I currently teach the twin courses FASS507, Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science, and SOCL922, Philosophies of Social Science. I also teach a block on SOCL101, Introduction to Sociology.
Release date NZ
January 31st, 1996
Edited by Brian Wynne
Edited by Bronislaw Szerszynski
Edited by Scott M. Lash