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Environmental management as situated practice

Umweltmanagement als situierte Praxis
[Zeitschriftenartikel]

Lippert, Ingmar; Krause, Franz; Hartmann, Niklas Klaus

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Abstract We propose an analysis of environmental management (EM) as work and as practical activity. This approach enables empirical studies of the diverse ways in which professionals, scientists, NGO staffers, and activists achieve the partial manageability of specific “environments”. In this introduction, we sketch the debates in Human Geography, Management Studies, Science and Technology Studies to which this special issue contributes. We identify the limits of understanding EM though the framework of ecological modernization, and show how political ecology and work- place studies provide important departures towards a more critical approach. Developing these further, into a cosmopolitical direction, we propose studying EM as sets of socially and materially situated practices. This enables a shift away from established approaches which treat EM either as a toolbox whose efficiency has to be assessed, or as simply the implementation of dominant projects and the materialisation of hegemonic discourse. Such a shift renders EM as always messy practices of engagement, critique and improvisation. We conclude that studying the distributed and situated managing agencies, actors and their practices allows to imagine new forms of critical interventions.
Thesaurusschlagwörter sociology of science; cultural anthropology; reflexive modernization; occupation in the field of environmental protection; environmental management; professionalization; environmental policy; policy implementation
Klassifikation Ökologie und Umwelt; Ethnologie, Kulturanthropologie, Ethnosoziologie; Wissenschaftssoziologie, Wissenschaftsforschung, Technikforschung, Techniksoziologie
Freie Schlagwörter conservation; political ecology; ecological modernization; workplace studies; post-constructivism; cosmopolitics
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 107-114
Zeitschriftentitel Geoforum (2015) 66
Heftthema Environmental management as situated practice
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.09.006
ISSN 0016-7185
Status Preprint; nicht begutachtet
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung
Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
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