Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards

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Routledge, 1998 - Nature - 247 pages
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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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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