1st Edition

Timescapes of Modernity The Environment and Invisible Hazards

By Barbara Adam Copyright 1998
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Timescapes of Modernity explores the relationship between time and environmental and socio-cultural concerns. Using examples such as the BSE crisis, the Sea Empress oil pollution and the Chernobyl radiation Barbara Adam argues that environmental 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 are among the invisible hazards we face. With this unique 'timescape' perspective the author dislodges assumptions about environmental change, enables a rethinking of environmental problems and provides the potential for new strategies to deal with environmental hazards.

    List of plates, Acknowledgements, Introduction, PART I. Habits of the mind: environmental timescapes conceptualised, 1. Nature re/constituted and re/conceptualised, 2. It’s all about money, isn’t it?, PART II. The eye of time on the industrial way of life, 3. Square pegs into round holes, 4. Industrial food for thought, 5. Mediated knowledge, 6. Radiated identities, 7. Genies on the loose: what now Aladdin?, References, Index


    Barbara Adam

    "Stimulating - drawing out ideas in a novel and refreshing way" Dr Paul S Ganderton, Teaching Ecology Group

    'Timescapes of Modernity represents an important argument for the centrality of time in generating,defining and responding to environmental issues. It deserves to be widely read within academic and policy circles' Hilary Rose, Research Professor, City University London - Time and Society Vol 9 (1)

    'The book is a truly worthwhile read' - Anne Buttimer, University College Dublin - Progress in Human Geography 25,2 (2001)