Risk and the Public Acceptance of New Technologies

Hardcover | September 15, 2007

EditorRob Flynn

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Scientific and technological innovation continues at a rapid pace, but the public is increasingly aware of possible risks and demanding greater involvement in decisions about new technologies. This edited volume brings together leading social scientists who address recent evidence and debates about public engagement and trust in experts. The chapters consider different methods of public consultation and 'deliberation' in relation to a variety of new technologies, including genetically modified foods, mobile telecommunications, nanotechnology, and hydrogen energy.

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Scientific and technological innovation continues at a rapid pace, but the public is increasingly aware of possible risks and demanding greater involvement in decisions about new technologies. This edited volume brings together leading social scientists who address recent evidence and debates about public engagement and trust in expert...

ROB FLYNN is Professor of Sociology, University of Salford, UK. He has researched and published in urban sociology and medical sociology, and about risk perception of new technologies. He was formerly Chair of the editorial board for Sociology, and currently is Chair of the editorial board of Sociology of Health and Illness. PAUL BELL...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517056

ISBN - 13:9780230517059

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Risk and the Public Acceptability of New Technologies--R.Flynn * Public Dialogue and the Scientific Citizen: A Critique--A.Irwin * Social Constructions of Environmental and Technological Risks--J.Petts * The Public Acceptability of Genetically Modified Food Risks--A.Fischer & L.Frewer * Social Attitudes to Uncertainty and Precaution in Mobile Telecommunications--J.Barnett * "Upstream" Engagement in Nanotechnology?--A.Mohr * Public Acceptability of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Transport--T.O'Garra, P.Pearson & S.Mourato * Social Representations of Hydrogen Energy and Sustainability--F.Sherry-Brennan, P.Devine-Wright & H.Devine-Wright * Stakeholders' and Publics' Perceptions of Hydrogen Energy Technologies--P.Bellaby, R.Flynn & M.Ricci * Mediating the Public Acceptance of New Energy Technologies: The Case of the SOCROBUST Tool--M.Hodson & S.Marvin * Multi-Criteria and Deliberative Appraisal of Energy Futures--M.Eames & W.McDowall * Conclusions--Public Awareness, Engagement and Trust--P.Bellaby * Glossary of Terms * References * Subject Index * Author Index