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Leiss, William 1939-

Works: 54 works in 359 publications in 5 languages and 18,414 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HF5827, 659.1042
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Leiss
Social communication in advertising : persons, products & images of well-being by William Leiss( Book )

73 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new edition of Social Communication in Advertising updates the most comprehensive historical study of advertising and its function within contemporary society. This classic text traces advertising's influence within three key social domains: the new commodities industry, popular culture, and the mass media that manages the constellation of images that unifies all three."--Jacket
The domination of nature by William Leiss( Book )

36 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientists, social thinkers, public officials, and the public have been aroused by the recognition that failure to understand the destructive impact of industrial society and advanced technologies on the delicate balance of organic life in the global ecosystem may result in devastating problems for future generations. William Leiss argues that this global predicament must be understood in terms of deeply rooted attitudes towards nature. He traces the origins, development, and social consequences of an idea whose imprint is everywhere in modern thought: the idea of the domination of nature. Originally published in 1972, The Domination of Nature was part of the first wave of widespread environmental issues. In an extensive new preface explains why his study is as relevant as ever
Mad cows and mother's milk : the perils of poor risk communication by William Leiss( Book )

38 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Communicating the nature and consequences of environmental and health risks is one of the most problematic areas of public policy in western democracies. Given the perceived risks associated with the food we eat, chemicals in the environment, and modern technologies, consumers need clear and timely explanations of the nature of those risks - but rarely get them. Using a series of case studies, Douglas Powell and William Leiss outline the crucial role of risk management in dealing with public controversies and analyse risk communication practice and malpractice to provide a set of lessons for risk managers and communicators."--Jacket
The limits to satisfaction : an essay on the problem of needs and commodities by William Leiss( Book )

46 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under technology's thumb by William Leiss( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The publication of William Leiss' book The Domination of Nature brought him wide recognition as a perceptive and judicious author. In this brilliant new collection of essays on the philosophy of nature, Leiss argues effectively for an attitude of caring and respect for the environment rather than one of domination
C.B. Macpherson : dilemmas of liberalism and socialism by William Leiss( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crawford Brough Macpherson, an extremely influential writer and teacher and Canada's pre-eminent political theorist, won an international reputation for his controversial interpretation of liberalism. In the first book to examine the entire range of Macpherson's writings, William Leiss seeks to place that interpretation of liberalism within the overall framework of Macpherson's intellectual development. Focusing on two key themes - property and the state - Leiss tracks Macpherson's analysis of the contradictions of liberal-democracy through all of his writings, beginning with his 1935 M.A. thesis supervised by Harold Laski at LSE. His concluding chapter critically examines the core of Macpherson's political philosophy - the distinction between extractive and developmental powers - against the background of social change in the democracies of the West in the period since the end of the Second World War. A new preface by the author reviews books and articles on Macpherson published in the period since this book first appeared in 1988
Ecology versus politics in Canada by William Leiss( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive survey of the political implications of environmental issues in Canada
Risk and responsibility by William Leiss( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Controversies over how to manage health and environmental risks are among the most bitter disagreements in contemporary society. Trying to determine what is in the public interest is at the heart of these disagreements, but the core concerns of major sectors industry, governments, and voluntary associations are also at stake. In Canada and elsewhere, defusing the controversies and finding solutions acceptable to all parties have met with little success. Risk and Responsibility attempts to explain why this is so and what might be done about it
In the chamber of risks : understanding risk controversies by William Leiss( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through a new set of detailed case studies, William Leiss shows that while industry and governments have made much progress in responsibly managing risks to health and environment, they remain quite poor at managing their involvements with risk issues, that is, with the often intense controversies about the way in which risks should be managed. This organizational risk, associated with misunderstanding the nature of risk management issues, can have damaging consequences, something that remains poorly appreciated." "The essential problem is the failure to recognize that controversies over risks are "normal events" in modern society and as such will be with us for the foreseeable future. Three key propositions define these events: risk management decisions are inherently disputable; public perceptions of risk are legitimate and should be treated as such; the public needs to be intensively involved in the processes of risk evaluation and management. Leiss and his collaborators chronicle these organizational risks in a set of detailed case studies on genetically modified foods, cellular telephones, the notorious fuel additive MMT, pulp mill effluent, nuclear power, toxic substances legislation, tobacco, and the new type of "moral risks" associated with genetics technologies such as cloning."--Jacket
The essential Marcuse : selected writings of philosopher and social critic Herbert Marcuse by Herbert Marcuse( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The Essential Marcuse provides an overview of Herbert Marcuse's political and philosophical writing over four decades, with excerpts from his major books as well as essays from various academic journals. The most influential radical philosopher of the 1960s, Marcuse's writings are noteworthy for their uncompromising opposition to both capitalism and communism. His words are as relevant to today's society as they were at the time they were written
Mandated science : science and scientists in the making of standards by Liora Salter( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For a long time I would not eat strawberries. In 1977, a scandal broke about a testing laboratory having falsified the data that was used to register a large number of pesticides. The Canadian government, along with several others, began the process of re-evaluating both the procedures for testing and these specific chemicals. One chemical proved particularly controversial, the commonly-used pesticide named captan. In light of the controversy, which was manifest in a conflict between two government departments, in 1981, the Canadian government chose to appoint a special panel of experts to advise them. I was a member of this expert committee. The experience on the captan committee did little to reassure me, either about captan or about the way that decisions had been made about many pesticides in widespread use. Although it could not be demonstrated that captan was dangerous to people in the amounts to which they would likely be exposed, the animal studies provided the basis for concern. Prudence required at the very least that consumers take the precaution of washing their fruit, for captan is widely used on apples, cherries and berry fruits. Captan residues wash off apples relatively easily; they are less easily removed from berry fruits, such as straw berries
The doom loop in the financial sector : and other black holes of risk by William Leiss( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recent global economic crisis has revealed that the prevailing risk management systems in the banking and financial sectors are utterly inadequate to protect the public from unacceptable levels of risk. Such "black holes of risk," which expose all of us to catastrophic harm, are increasingly common in the modern world. --Book Jacket
Prospects and problems in risk communication( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The priesthood of science : a work of Utopian fiction by William Leiss( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global political situation is increasingly volatile, and Hera and her sisters are sealed off from the rest of the world in southern Nevada. She is still tormented by her parents' decision to genetically modify the brains of their twelve daughters-and by her own agreement to allow a similar procedure to be used on a much larger group of human embryos. That group of engineered embryos has become one thousand young people just turning eighteen, and the gender politics among them is threatening to ruin Hera's gamble on a new beginning for human society. The Priesthood of Science envisions a future in which scientific research is confined to facilities hidden away from public view and where there is a prohibition against turning scientific discoveries into new technologies in order to keep a world torn apart by religious fanaticism and ethnic hatred under control
Quality of life and energy conservation by William Leiss( Book )

8 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hera, or, Empathy : a work of Utopian fiction by William Leiss( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the lives of twelve sisters who are genetically engineered to have increased cognitive abilities
Multi-stakeholder negotiation in environmental controversies : the case of antisapstain chemicals the British Columbia woods products industry by William Leiss( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scienza e dominio : il dominio sulla natura : storia di una ideologia by William Leiss( Book )

2 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milieupolitiek : het eindige milieu en de oneindige groei : interview met Willem Hoogendijk : milieupolitiek in het kapitaalistische industriesysteem : behoeftenbevrediging alleen door konsumptiegoederen? by Provinciale Bibliotheekcentrale Noord-Holland( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in Dutch and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consultation in the assessment and registration of pesticides : final report and recommendations by Canada( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mad cows and mother's milk : the perils of poor risk communication
Alternative Names
Leiss, William Carl

William Leiss Canadian academic

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English (311)

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The domination of natureMad cows and mother's milk : the perils of poor risk communicationThe limits to satisfaction : an essay on the problem of needs and commoditiesC.B. Macpherson : dilemmas of liberalism and socialismRisk and responsibilityIn the chamber of risks : understanding risk controversiesThe essential Marcuse : selected writings of philosopher and social critic Herbert MarcuseMandated science : science and scientists in the making of standards