The concluding chapter of the book compares the near-complete public disappearance of radiation risks in Belarus after Chernobyl to the dynamic of the social construction of knowledge and ignorance in cases of other imperceptible, chronic, and pervasive hazards, including in Western contexts. Public visibility of such hazards depends on whose voices can be heard and which groups have what kinds of institutional and infrastructural support. The chapter also argues that public debates on the magnitude of risks should consider what social conditions ensure the sustained production and consideration of empirical data and contextually-sensitive knowledge. The chapter concludes with the discussion of the role of the civil society and with some thoughts on tactics that might be used to promote greater awareness of particular imperceptible hazards.
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