State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere / Edition 1

State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere / Edition 1

by Mark Whitehead
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405191740

ISBN-13: 9781405191746

Pub. Date: 10/06/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Contemporary concerns regarding climate change, the destruction of the ozone layer, and the health risks associated with particulate air pollution, highlight the crucial importance of understanding what is happening in our atmosphere. This timely volume asserts that to comprehend contemporary atmospheric knowledge systems requires an examination of the spatial

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Contemporary concerns regarding climate change, the destruction of the ozone layer, and the health risks associated with particulate air pollution, highlight the crucial importance of understanding what is happening in our atmosphere. This timely volume asserts that to comprehend contemporary atmospheric knowledge systems requires an examination of the spatial histories of the sciences and political regimes that have shaped systems of air government.

Focusing exclusively on the UK, the volume weaves together the tales of nineteenth-century urban smoke observers, early twentieth-century visitors to clean-air exhibitions, and modern atmospheric scientists in order to reveal why we know certain things about the qualities of the air we breathe and how this knowledge has shaped collective relations with the atmosphere. In charting this history this volume combines Foucauldian-inspired accounts of the history of government with relevant works on the sociology of scientific knowledge. Utilising extensive archival materials and informed by scholarly analysis, this groundbreaking work presents the first historical account of the development of a state science of atmospheric pollution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405191746
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
RGS-IBG Book Series, #32
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Series Editors' Preface xi

Preface xii

Acknowledgements xiv

List of Abbreviations xvi

1 Introduction: Space, History and the Governing of Air Pollution 1

2 Historical Geographies of Science and Government: Exploring the Apparatus of Atmospheric Knowledge Acquisition 9

3 Science, Sight and the Optics of Air Government 37

4 Governing Air Conduct: Exhibition, Examination and the Cultivation of the Atmospheric Self 67

5 Instrumentation and the Sites of Atmospheric Monitoring 94

6 A National Census of the Air: Spatial Science, Calculation and the Geo-Coding of the Atmosphere 126

7 Automating the Air: Atmospheric Simulations and Digital Beings 156

8 Environmental Governmentalities and the Ecological Coding of the British Atmosphere 180

9 Conclusion: Learning Like a State in an Age of Atmospheric Change 210

Notes 235

References 254

Index 266

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