The ongoing controversy about the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of building large dams is a sub-set of the even larger debate about how we should move to a sustainable world. A central part of this debate has been the discourse about the development of ‘the risk society’, one in which policy makers believe they can reliably predict future problems and manage them. The term ‘risk society’ was popularized by Ulrich Beck in the 1980s. He described the ethos of the state –...[Show more]
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