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.
Jane Summerton and Boel Berner Constructing Risk and Safety in Technological Practice: An Introduction
Part I: Interpreting Accidents
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
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
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?