Subjectivity in Expert Advocacy

  • Ravi Baghel
Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)


Expert knowledge derives its credibility from a belief in its objectivity. However, this chapter questions this premise using autobiographical data on six experts who have been prominent in their public participation in the debate on river control. The stark differences in their positions in spite of their expertise originating from a similar body of knowledge is examined in the light of their subjectivity. The importance of their public positions on large dams and flood control to their own identity as well as the influence of their personal experiences upon their ostensibly “objective” expertise is identified.


Subjectivity Experts Expert knowledge River control Large dams Biographical research Autobiography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravi Baghel
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  1. 1.Department of Geography South Asia InstituteHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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