State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere by Mark WhiteheadState, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere by Mark Whitehead

State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British Atmosphere

byMark Whitehead

Paperback | September 28, 2009

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Utilizing environmental archival materials from the UK, State, Science and the Skies presents a groundbreaking historical account of the development of a state science of atmospheric pollution.
  • Offers the most extensive historical and geographical account of atmospheric government and pollution in Britain, available today
  • Presents archival material from 150 years of British history that represents an original contribution to our knowledge of the history of science and government
  • Develops an innovative combination of Foucauldian history of government with a history of atmospheric science
  • Raises crucial questions about the nature of state/science relations and the conditions under which environmental knowledge is produced
Mark Whitehead is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University; and Senior Research Fellow at the City Institute, York University, Toronto. His published works include Spaces of Sustainability: Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society (2006); and The Nature of...
Title:State, Science and the Skies: Governmentalities of the British AtmosphereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Series Editors' Preface.



List of Abbreviations.

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

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

3 Science, Sight and the Optics of Air Government 37

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

5 Instrumentation and the Sites of Atmospheric Monitoring.

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

7 Automating the Air: Atmospheric Simulations and Digital Beings.

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

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




Editorial Reviews

State, Science and the Skies is a carefully researched and politically important work. Creatively developing Foucault's work on governmentality, it shows the complex interrelations of technology, policy and practice. Taking the atmosphere as an object of government, it insists on the essential vertical dimension of the geographies of the modern state. — Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Geography, Durham University State, Science and the Skies is a superbly crafted synthesis of the making of a modern climatological state. Whitehead follows the expert and the state in their creation of atmospheric government and its aerial responsibilities. Blending a robust historical narrative with thought-provoking analyses of atmospheric lives of boiler attendants, employers, government inspectors and housewives, Whitehead provides an important framework for thinking about the current concerns surrounding climate change and air pollution. State, Science and the Skies is bound to become a major reference in all future discussions about the scientific and political constructions of environmental life in modern Britain and beyond. — Vladimir Jankovic, Lecturer, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine University of Manchester