Genealogies of the Future: The Emergence of Fire Governance in the UK

  • Nathaniel O’Grady


In this chapter, the book offers an in-depth description of the development of fire governance in the UK. Overall, it covers the time from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the role of fire brigades in planning and responding to the incendiary bombing inflicted on Britain during the Blitzkrieg. In addition, the chapter explains the influence of Michel Foucault’s genealogical method in the approach taken to the history of fire governance. I argue here that genealogy opens up space for understanding the crucial role that both broader power relations and co-extensive modifications to the use of specific regimes of knowledge have on the development of fire governance. This translates empirically into an emphasis specifically on tracing through time both the arrangement of fire governance between different institutions and the corresponding emergence of different mechanisms through which to understand fire and calculate fire risk.


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  • Nathaniel O’Grady
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  1. 1.Geography and Environmental ManagementUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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