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Reproducing cultural identity in negotiating nuclear power: the Union of Concerned Scientists and emergency core cooling

Abstract

This paper advances the concept of 'cultural identity' to account for the nexus between structure and practice in technological negotiations. It describes how the formation of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and that group's subsequent discourse and nonverbal actions, both reproduced the established identities of group members and contributed to negotiations that reconstituted those identities. In particular, UCS claims about emergency core-cooling systems in nuclear plants were congruent with the combination of a shared ideology, the social interests of Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty, and established principles of engineering design. The cultural analysis of identity reproduction shows the opposition between cognitive and social phenomena to be a significant distinction framing action in Western culture. The analysis also suggests that new attention be given to the relationship between the constitutive and reproductive functions of discourse and nonverbal action.
Authors:
Publication Date:
May 01, 1988
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
GBN-88-004681; EDB-88-183846
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Soc. Stud. Sci.; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 18:2
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; ECCS; SAFETY; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; REACTOR SAFETY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; INTEREST GROUPS; LOSS OF COOLANT; NUCLEAR ENGINEERING; SOCIOLOGY; SPECIFICATIONS; ACCIDENTS; ENGINEERED SAFETY SYSTEMS; ENGINEERING; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR PROTECTION SYSTEMS; SIMULATION; 290600* - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 220900 - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Reactor Safety
OSTI ID:
6813765
Research Organizations:
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg (USA)
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: SSSCD
Submitting Site:
GBN
Size:
Pages: 231-264
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Citation Formats

Downey, G L. Reproducing cultural identity in negotiating nuclear power: the Union of Concerned Scientists and emergency core cooling. United Kingdom: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.1177/030631288018002003.
Downey, G L. Reproducing cultural identity in negotiating nuclear power: the Union of Concerned Scientists and emergency core cooling. United Kingdom. doi:10.1177/030631288018002003.
Downey, G L. 1988. "Reproducing cultural identity in negotiating nuclear power: the Union of Concerned Scientists and emergency core cooling." United Kingdom. doi:10.1177/030631288018002003. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1177/030631288018002003.
@misc{etde_6813765,
title = {Reproducing cultural identity in negotiating nuclear power: the Union of Concerned Scientists and emergency core cooling}
author = {Downey, G L}
abstractNote = {This paper advances the concept of 'cultural identity' to account for the nexus between structure and practice in technological negotiations. It describes how the formation of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and that group's subsequent discourse and nonverbal actions, both reproduced the established identities of group members and contributed to negotiations that reconstituted those identities. In particular, UCS claims about emergency core-cooling systems in nuclear plants were congruent with the combination of a shared ideology, the social interests of Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty, and established principles of engineering design. The cultural analysis of identity reproduction shows the opposition between cognitive and social phenomena to be a significant distinction framing action in Western culture. The analysis also suggests that new attention be given to the relationship between the constitutive and reproductive functions of discourse and nonverbal action.}
doi = {10.1177/030631288018002003}
journal = {Soc. Stud. Sci.; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {18:2}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1988}
month = {May}
}