In the name of science and technology : the post-political environmental debate and the Taranto steel plant (Italy)
Environmental values, 2018, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 489-512
GRECO, Lidia, BAGNARDI, Francesco, In the name of science and technology : the post-political environmental debate and the Taranto steel plant (Italy), Environmental values, 2018, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 489-512 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/59958
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This article contributes to the environmental justice debate by analysing the case of the ILVA steel plant in Taranto, Italy. It accounts for the radical polarisation of the public debate between industrialists and environmentalists. These dominant perspectives are polarised but not politicised. In the reading of the crisis, both fronts adopt similar techno-scientific arguments while failing to problematise the multiple dimensions of environmental injustice and to connect the crisis to broader social relations of production. This article contends, therefore, that the environmental debate in Taranto unfolds in a post-political situation, where technical narratives prevail at the expense of more political positions. In this context, any attempts to politicise the public debate is either absorbed by the dominant views or marginalised.
Published: 01 October 2018
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/59958
Full-text via DOI: 10.3197/096327118X15321668325939
ISSN: 0963-2719; 1752-7015
Publisher: White Horse Press
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