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Contextualisation of local and global environmental issues in North-east England: Implications for debates on globalisation and the 'risk society'

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Suzanne Moffatt


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In this paper the authors explore data on environmental meanings, and the contextualisation of environmental concerns, that were obtained from a qualitative study of risks to health from air pollution. In-depth interviews were undertaken with 49 people living in two conurbations in north-east England. The findings highlight the importance of the local context (local history, experience, local knowledges and everyday existence) as an arena in which environmental meanings and concerns are constructed and negotiated, and how global environmental issues are also contextualised, and made sense of, within an explicitly local framework. These findings are used as a basis upon which to critically reflect upon the emphasis on globalisation within theoretical debates on 'risk society'.

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Author(s): Moffatt S; Bush J; Dunn CE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Environment

Year: 2002

Volume: 7

Issue: 2

Pages: 119-133

Print publication date: 19/08/2010

ISSN (print): 1354-9839

ISSN (electronic): 1469-6711

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13549830220136436


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