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The role of risks and uncertainties in technological conflicts: three strategies of constructing ignorance

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dc.contributor.author Stankiewicz, Piotr
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-01T08:18:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-01T08:18:55Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.citation Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 105- 124
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13511610902770636
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/2648
dc.description.abstract How are the conflicts over the use of certain technologies such as biotechnology, nuclear energy or nanotechnologies being solved? What are the methods used by conflicting parties to assert their definitions of reality? What role do uncertainties and risks play in these conflicts? How are they treated? What strategies are used by proponents and opponents of a controversial technology to persuade the public and decision-makers? This article aims at finding answers to these questions by looking at technological conflicts from the perspective of the reduction of risks and uncertainty. The lesson drawn from the study of ongoing and past conflicts over controversies in technological development should help to better understand the dynamics of conflicts focused on converging technologies. The reduction of uncertainty is analyzed from the perspective of the sociology of non-knowledge and ignorance. It is argued that new areas of non-knowledge are being created by reducing uncertainty and risks in technological conflicts.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject risk
dc.subject technological conflicts
dc.subject uncertainty
dc.subject ignorance
dc.subject non-knowledge
dc.subject controversies
dc.subject GMO
dc.title The role of risks and uncertainties in technological conflicts: three strategies of constructing ignorance
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article


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