ABSTRACT

This chapter turns first to a discussion of the different views of pollution and the two moral discourses that surround them. It goes on to examine the implications of study on understanding of what German sociologist, Ulrich Beck, describes as the risk society and, in particular, the role of regulatory science in bringing environmental problems to light. Thirdly, it returns to a discussion of actor-network theory to illustrate how various roles and representations became ascribed and fixed in the networks through which farm waste pollution became recognized as a public problem and hence an object of regulation. The chapter ends with a section that focuses on the key field-level relationship between the farmer and the Pollution Inspector, as a site where the two competing moral discourses had to be reconciled in everyday life. The politicization of farm pollution led to the imposition of various controls on agriculture to restrain the excesses of agricultural productivism.