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Climate for change, or how to create a green modernity?

By Ulrich Beck


The discourse on climate politics so far is an expert and elitist discourse in which peoples, societies, citizens, workers, voters and their interests, views and voices are very much neglected. So, in order to turn climate change politics from its head onto its feet you have to take sociology into account. There is an important background assumption which shares in the general ignorance concerning environmental issues and, paradoxically, this is in corporated in the specialism of environmental sociology itself — this is the category of ‘the environment’. If ‘the environment’ only includes everything which is not human, not social, then the concept is sociologically empty. If the concept includes human action and society, then it is scientifically mistaken and politically suicidal

Topics: HM Sociology, QC Physics
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0263276409358729
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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