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Resistance to New Technology : Nuclear Power, Information Technology and Biotechnology - Martin Bauer

Resistance to New Technology

Nuclear Power, Information Technology and Biotechnology

By: Martin Bauer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521599481
Number Of Pages: 436

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This book compares resistance to technology across time, nations, and technologies. Three post-war examples - nuclear power, information technology, and biotechnology - are used in the analysis. The focus is on post-1945 Europe, with comparisons made with the USA, Japan, and Australia. Instead of assuming that resistance contributes to the failure of a technology, the main thesis of the book is that resistance is a constructive force in technological development, giving technology its particular shape in a particular context. Whilst many people still believe in the positive contribution made by science and technology, many have become sceptical. By exploring the idea that modernity creates effects that undermine its own foundations, forms and effects of resistance are explored in various contexts. The book presents a unique interdisciplinary study, including contributions from historians, sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists.

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'... Bauer [suggests] that resistance to new technology ... performs a function analogous to acute pain in the body - as an alarm signal. It might be hard to persuade the biotechnologists to accept that idea. But as we move into the century of biology, they may need to begin thinking along these lines if the future is not to be marked by conficts. They should start by studying this thought-provoking collection.' Jon Turney, New Scientist

Resistance to new technology and its effects on nuclear power, information technology and biotechnology
The crisis of 'progress'
Reinterpreting 'Luddism': resistance to new technology in the British industrial revolution
The changeability of public opinions about new technology: assimilation effects in attitude surveys
'Technophobia': a misleading conception of resistance to new technology
Patterns of resistance to new technologies in Scandinavia: an historical perspective
Henry Ford's relationship to 'Fordism': ambiguity as a modality of technological resistance
Resistance to nuclear technology: optimists, opportunists and opposition in Australian nuclear history
New technology in Fleet Street, 1975-80
The impact of resistance to biotechnology in Switzerland: a sociological view of the recent referendum
The politics of resistance to new technology: semiconductor diffusion in France and Japan until 1965
User resistance to new interactive media: participants, processes and paradigms
The impact of anti-nuclear power movements in international comparison
In the engine of history: regulators of biotechnology, 1970-86
Product, process, or programme: three cultures and the regulation of biotechnology
Learning from Chernobyl for the fight against genetics? Stages and stimuli of German protest movements - a comparative synopsis
Individual and institutional impacts upon press coverage of sciences: the case of nuclear power and genetic engineering in Germany
Forms of intrusion: comparing resistance to information technology and biotechnology in the USA
Towards a functional analysis of resistance
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ISBN: 9780521599481
ISBN-10: 0521599482
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 18th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.74 x 17.37  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.75