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Citizens, experts, and the environment : the politics of local knowledge

Claims that the problematic communication gap between experts and ordinary citizens is best remedied by a renewal of local citizen participation in deliberative structures. This study will interest political scientists, public policy practitioners, sociologists, scientists, environmentalists, activists, urban planners, and public administrators.
Print Book, English, 2000
Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2000
xiv, 336 pages ; 24 cm
9780822326281, 9780822326229, 0822326280, 0822326221
Preface ixPart I. Citizens and Experts in the Risk Society 11. Democratic Prospects in an Age of Expertise: Confronting the Technocratic Challenge 52. Professional Knowledge and Citizen Participation: Rethinking Expertise 293. Environmental Crisis and the Technocratic Challenge: Expertise in the Risk Society 474. The Return of the Particular: Scientific Inquiry and Local Knowledge in Postpositivist Perspective 68Part II. Environmental Politics in the Public Sphere: Technical versus Cultural Rationality 875. Science and Politics in Environmental Regulation: The Politicization of Expertise 896. Confronting Experts in the Public Sphere: The Environmental Movement as Cultural Politics 1097. Not in My Backyard: Risk Assessment and the Politics of Cultural Rationality 124Part III. Local Knowledge and Participatory Inquiry: Methodological Practices for Political Empowerment 1438. Citizens as Local Experts: Popular Epidemiology and Participatory Resource Mapping 1479. Community Inquiry and Local Knowledge: The Political and Methodological Foundations of Participatory Research 17010. Ordinary Local Knowledge: From Potato Farming to Environmental Protection 193Part IV. Discursive Institutions and Policy Epistemics 21911. Discursive Institutions for Environmental Policy Making: Participatory Inquiry as Civic Discovery 22112. The Environments of Argument: Deliberative Practices and Policy Epistemics 242Appendixes 263Notes 279References 299Index 329