Winning Back the Words

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Confronting Experts in an Environmental Public Hearing

by Mike Gismondi

By Mary Richardson, Joan Sherman, and Michael Gismondi

Winning Back the Words chronicles the politics of the environmental public hearings on the Alberta-Pacific bleached kraft pulp mill in northern Alberta, and illustrates how the public challenged the authority of experts. Drawing from their own experiences in the hearings, the authors recreate the power struggles among participants over the words and discourses used to debate the impact of the mill on the environment. Controversies about science and values, sustainable development, and local knowledge suggest promising new directions in environmental review.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

About the Author

Mike Gismondi is a retired Professor of Sociology and Global Studies in the Centre for Social Sciences