Being “Post-Fukushima”: Divergent Understandings of Sociotechnical Risk

Kinsella, William J. (2015). Being “Post-Fukushima”: Divergent Understandings of Sociotechnical Risk. Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series. United Nations University.

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    Author Kinsella, William J.
    Title Being “Post-Fukushima”: Divergent Understandings of Sociotechnical Risk
    Series Title Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 18
    Publication Date 2015-12
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 8
    Language eng
    Abstract This working paper examines the failures at the Fukushima nuclear power plant as an “emancipatory catastrophe” in the sense suggested by Ulrich Beck (2015): an event that creates the possibility for new insights regarding sociotechnical risks. Linking Beck’s concept with insights from Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems, the paper identifies key participants in the post-Fukushima conversation and explores the prevailing limits of that conversation. Significant barriers to productive, reflexive consideration of the implications of Fukushima are noted, and corresponding recommendations for policy and practice are offered.
    Keyword Emancipatory catastrophe
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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