Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking, insurance, technology regulation and critical infrastructures, as well as climate change, infectious disease responses, natural disasters, migration, crime and security and spirituality and religion.

The book argues that uncertainties must be understood as complex constructions of knowledge, materiality, experience, embodiment and practice. Examining in particular how uncertainties are experienced in contexts of marginalisation and precarity, this book shows how sustainability and development are not just technical issues, but depend deeply on political values and choices. What burgeoning uncertainties require lies less in escalating efforts at control, but more in a new – more collective, mutualistic and convivial – politics of responsibility and care. If hopes of much-needed progressive transformation are to be realised, then currently blinkered understandings of uncertainty need to be met with renewed democratic struggle.

Written in an accessible style and illustrated by multiple case studies from across the world, this book will appeal to a wide cross-disciplinary audience in fields ranging from economics to law to science studies to sociology to anthropology and geography, as well as professionals working in risk management, disaster risk reduction, emergencies and wider public policy fields.

chapter 1|30 pages

Uncertainty and the politics of transformation

ByIan Scoones, Andy Stirling
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chapter 2|14 pages

The assault of financial futures on the rest of time

ByTimo Walter, Leon Wansleben
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chapter 3|13 pages

Sharing risks or proliferating uncertainties?

Insurance, disaster and development
ByLeigh Johnson
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chapter 4|15 pages

The unravelling of technocratic orthodoxy?

Contemporary knowledge politics in technology regulation
ByPatrick van Zwanenberg
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chapter 5|12 pages

Control, manage or cope?

A politics for risks, uncertainties and unknown-unknowns
ByEmery Roe
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chapter 6|14 pages

Expanding cities

Living, planning and governing uncertainty
BySobia Ahmad Kaker, James Evans, Federico Cugurullo, Matthew Cook, Saska Petrova
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chapter 7|14 pages

Uncertainty in modelling climate change

The possibilities of co-production through knowledge pluralism 1
ByLyla Mehta, Shilpi Srivastava
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chapter 8|14 pages

Disease outbreaks

Navigating uncertainties in preparedness and response
ByHayley MacGregor, Santiago Ripoll, Melissa Leach
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chapter 9|14 pages

Disasters, humanitarianism and emergencies

A politics of uncertainty
ByMark Pelling, Detlef Müller-Mahn, John McCloskey
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chapter 10|10 pages

Intertwining the politics of uncertainty, mobility and immobility

ByDorte Thorsen
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chapter 11|13 pages

Disputing security and risk

The convoluted politics of uncertainty
ByHelena Farrand Carrapico, Narzanin Massoumi, William McGowan, Gabe Mythen
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chapter 12|10 pages

Unsettling the apocalypse

Uncertainty in spirituality and religion
ByNathan Oxley
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