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Communicating environmental knowledges: Young people and the risk society

Jones, Verity


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Verity Jones
Associate Professor of Education


In this paper I illustrate how an increased demand for the communication of environmental knowledges in contemporary society can be understood using ideas purported by the risk society thesis. In order to deepen these connections and understandings I discuss how trust, and by association doubt, are constructed by examining the interesting, though little explored example of young people. Drawing on empirical work at a botanical garden with over 150 young people between 6 and 12 years old, I provide insights into the use and negotiation of trust and doubt in practice. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.


Jones, V. (2004). Communicating environmental knowledges: Young people and the risk society. Social and Cultural Geography, 5(2), 213-228.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2003
Online Publication Date May 17, 2006
Publication Date Jun 1, 2004
Journal Social and Cultural Geography
Print ISSN 1464-9365
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 213-228
Keywords risk society, young people, environmental education, qualitative research, botanical gardens
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social and Cultural Geography on 17th May 2006, available online:


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