By Anique Hommels, Jessica Mesman, Wiebe E. Bijker
Novel applied sciences and clinical developments supply not just possibilities yet hazards. Technological platforms are at risk of human mistakes and technical malfunctioning that experience far-reaching outcomes: one flipped swap may cause a cascading strength failure throughout a networked electrical grid. but, as soon as addressed, vulnerability followed through coping mechanisms may perhaps yield a extra versatile and resilient society. This publication investigates vulnerability, in either its unfavorable and positive factors, in technological cultures. The members argue that viewing danger by way of vulnerability bargains a singular method of figuring out the dangers and merits of technology and know-how. Such an process broadens traditional hazard research via connecting to problems with justice, team spirit, and livelihood, and permitting comparisons among the worldwide north and south.
The ebook explores case reports that variety from agricultural practices in India to neonatal extensive care medication in Western hospitals; those circumstances, spanning the problems addressed within the publication, illustrate what vulnerability is and does. The e-book deals conceptual frameworks for empirical description and research of vulnerability that elucidate its ambiguity, context dependence, and built nature. eventually, the ebook addresses the consequences of those analyses for the governance of vulnerability, presenting a extra reflexive method of facing vulnerability in technological cultures.
Marjolein van Asselt, Martin Boeckhout, Wiebe Bijker, Tessa Fox, Stephen Healy, Anique Hommels, Sheila Jasanoff,
Jozef Keulartz, Jessica Mesman, Ger Palmboom, C. Shambu Prasad, Julia Quartz, Johan M. Sanne, Maartje Schermer,
Teesta Setelvad, Esha Shah, Andy Stirling, Imrat Verhoeven, Esther Versluis, Shiv Visvanathan, Gerard de Vries, Ger Wackers, Dick Willems
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