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Risk genesis


Science is increasingly confronted with the side effects of one's own actions. Against this background, the book examines whether science can be designed to be risk-sensitive and what conditions and restrictions exist for early knowledge of consequences.
The difficulties with the instrument of technology assessment (TA) stem from the fact that it comes into play at a time when large investments have already been made and considerable expectations have been aroused among manufacturers and consumers of technology. Against this background, a debate arose about the possibilities of a science assessment (SA), which does not only start in the field of applications of a technology, but already in the field of science in the production of the innovative fundamentals. Contrary to the first impression that the assessments of the consequences of scientific-technical action either at a point in time at which the risk-knowledge resources are not yet available and thus no decisions can yet be made (expected problem for SA), the author shows, that there are certainly opportunities for early knowledge of the consequences in science. He does this in the context of a historical reconstruction of the development of risk hypotheses that have since been accepted, whereby this procedure is to be seen as the specifics of risk genesis research.


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  • Book TitleRiskogenesis
  • Book SubtitleProzesse of societal risk perception: CFC, DDT, dioxin and ecological chemistry
  • AuthorsStefan Böschen
  • Series TitleResearch Sociology
  • DOIhttps: //
  • Copyright InformationSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden2000
  • Publisher NameVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden
  • eBook PackagesSpringer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-8100-2691-0
  • eBook ISBN978-3-663-11308-9
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of Pages, 402
  • Number of Illustrations0 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • Topics Social Sciences, general
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