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Redefining the issues of risk and public acceptance. The social viability of technology

Journal Article:

Abstract

A conceptual framework is proposed within which the notion of risk as normally used in risk assessment (RA) could be enlarged in line with the real substance of social issues of technology policy, to help avoid RA's threatened irrelevance to social decision making. It is argued that the frequent organizational incoherence and thus the unviability of modern technology arises from 'social alienation' between the innovation-commitment phase and the implementation of the technology in society. The roles of technical elites and of particular concepts of technology in this alienation are emphasized. One of the case studies deals with 'Nuclear power - myths of scientific and organizational realism' and discusses the UK nuclear 'programme' and the Three Mile Island accident.
Authors:
Wynne, B [1] 
  1. Lancaster Univ. (UK). School of Independent Studies
Publication Date:
Feb 01, 1983
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
AIX-14-755074; EDB-83-094766
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Futures; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 15:1
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; NUCLEAR POWER; RISK ASSESSMENT; HAZARDS; HUMAN FACTORS; ORGANIZATIONAL MODELS; ORGANIZING; PUBLIC RELATIONS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; SOCIOLOGY; THREE MILE ISLAND-2 REACTOR; UNITED KINGDOM; ACCIDENTS; ENRICHED URANIUM REACTORS; EUROPE; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; POWER; POWER REACTORS; PWR TYPE REACTORS; REACTORS; THERMAL REACTORS; WATER COOLED REACTORS; WATER MODERATED REACTORS; WESTERN EUROPE; 290600* - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy
OSTI ID:
6353717
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: FUTUB
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 13-32
Announcement Date:
Apr 01, 1983

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Citation Formats

Wynne, B. Redefining the issues of risk and public acceptance. The social viability of technology. United Kingdom: N. p., 1983. Web.
Wynne, B. Redefining the issues of risk and public acceptance. The social viability of technology. United Kingdom.
Wynne, B. 1983. "Redefining the issues of risk and public acceptance. The social viability of technology." United Kingdom.
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title = {Redefining the issues of risk and public acceptance. The social viability of technology}
author = {Wynne, B}
abstractNote = {A conceptual framework is proposed within which the notion of risk as normally used in risk assessment (RA) could be enlarged in line with the real substance of social issues of technology policy, to help avoid RA's threatened irrelevance to social decision making. It is argued that the frequent organizational incoherence and thus the unviability of modern technology arises from 'social alienation' between the innovation-commitment phase and the implementation of the technology in society. The roles of technical elites and of particular concepts of technology in this alienation are emphasized. One of the case studies deals with 'Nuclear power - myths of scientific and organizational realism' and discusses the UK nuclear 'programme' and the Three Mile Island accident.}
journal = {Futures; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {15:1}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1983}
month = {Feb}
}