Constructing Risk and Safety in Technological Practice

Edited by Boel Berner, Jane Summerton

© 2004 – Routledge

214 pages

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Hardback: 9780415285711
pub: 2002-11-21
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About the Book

Modern technological systems entail risks and uncertainties of hitherto unknown dimensions. This book discusses the construction of risk and safety within a variety of empirical contexts where technologies and their risk are debated and handled by individuals, groups or organizations. With contributions from leading scholars from Europe and the USA, it presents original theoretical discussions, linked to detailed empirical case studies.

Table of Contents

Jane Summerton and Boel Berner Constructing Risk and Safety in Technological Practice: An Introduction

Part I: Interpreting Accidents

Introductory Comments

1. Judith Green The Ultimate Challenge for Risk Technologies: Controlling the Accidental

2. Jörg Potthast Narratives of Trust in Constructing Risk and Danger: Interpretations of the Swissair 111 Crash

3. Sidney W. A. Dekker Re-situating Your Data: Understanding the Human Contribution to Accidents

Part II: Defining Risks

Introductory Comments

4. Jane Summerton 'Talking Diesel': Negotiating and Contesting Environmental Risks of Automobility in Sweden

5. Andrew Koehler Defining Risk and Safety in a High Security Organization: 'Bunkering' at the Los Alamos Plutonium Handling Facility

Part III: Constructing Safety

Introductory Comments

6. Gene I. Rochlin Safety as a Social Construct: The Problem(atique) of Agency

7. Johan M. Sanne Creating Trust and Achieving Safety in Air Traffic Control

8. Sabrina Thelander The Social Construction of Safety in the Face of Fear and Distrust: The Case of Cardiac Intensive Care

9. Marianne Döös and Tomas Backström Constructing Workplace Safety through Control and Learning: Conflict or Compatibility?

About the Editors

Jane Summerton, sociologist of technology, is associate professor at the Department of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden. Her previous work has focussed on managerial and user practices in sociotechnical networks and systems, particularly in relation to energy and environmental issues. Her current research concerns 'non-user' practices in technology and their intersections with socio-economic resources, ethnicity and gender.

Boel Berner, sociologist and historian, is professor at the Department of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden. Her research has focussed on the identities and practices of technical experts, in work, education and in relation to risk, and on questions of gender and technology. Her most recent books in English are Gendered Practices (ed. 1996) and Manoeuvring in an Environment of Uncertainty (ed. with Per Trulsson, 2000)

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General