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Sociology Seminar - Characteristics of Finnish Water Pollution Control with Marja Ylönen

Date: 14 February 2012 Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Venue: FASS MR2/3

Characteristics of Finnish water pollution control

Marja Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Finnish water protection has often been depicted as a success story. There have, however, been practices and principles, which have hampered and delayed water protection. The study illuminates those hampering factors by analysing the ideology of pollution control in Finland from the 1960s until the year 2000. The data consists of Water Economy journal articles, interviews with environmental authorities (control authorities) and court documents concerning six pollution crime cases. The method of analysis is discourse analysis. The theoretical frame draws on dialectical materialism as a meta-level frame, and on the concepts of moral regulation, ideology and regimes of justifications. The study is located at the cross-roads of environmental sociology, sociology of social control and ideology study. The study participates in discussions concerning the relevance and paradoxes of social control.

Maria Ylönen - Visiting Researcher from the University of Jyvaskala, Finland has kindly stepped into the breach as Paul Oldham has had to reschedule his seminar for later in the year.

Please join us in the Sociology Department for discussion after the seminar.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Environmental Sciences, Environments, Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Sociology


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