Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards

by Barbara Adam

Published: March 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Pages: 256
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780415162746

       

Overview of Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards

Timescapes of Modernity focuses on time to facilitate a deeper understanding of the interactions between environmental, economic, political and socio-cultural concerns. Thinking of the environment as a timescape allows us to see the hazards of the industrial way

of life in a new light. 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. Using examples including the aftermaths of Chernobyl and the treatment of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopath (BSE), Adam dislodges taken-for-granted assumptions about environmental change and provides innovative new strategies to deal with some of the most severe

environmental hazards of our time.

Synopsis of Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards

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.

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The environment occupies both space and temporality, argues the author. However, she says, our common view of time (regulated by the clock and the calendar) is far from the multi-dimensional understanding we need to combat the damaging effects of modern industrial life. She explores the ways that our understanding of time causes conflict between cosmic, natural, and cultural rhythms; industrial pacing and the rhythm of ecosystems; and visible materiality and quantity versus that which is hidden and latent. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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The environment occupies both space and temporality, argues the author. However, she says, our common view of time (regulated by the clock and the calendar) is far from the multi-dimensional understanding we need to combat the damaging effects of modern industrial life. She explores the ways that our understanding of time causes conflict between cosmic, natural, and cultural rhythms; industrial pacing and the rhythm of ecosystems; and visible materiality and quantity versus that which is hidden and latent. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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