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dc.contributor.authorFRESSOZ, Jean-Baptiste
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-19T12:47:38Z
dc.date.available2011-04-19T12:47:38Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Urban History, 2007, 33, 5, 729-755
dc.identifier.issn0096-1442
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/16468
dc.description.abstractIs the risk society exclusively postmodern? This article addresses this question by examining the controversy on gas lighting in nineteenth-century Paris and London. Unlike other technologies of that time, gas light was established in the central social spaces of urban life: in opera houses and theaters, in arcades and boulevards, and in reading rooms and cafes. In all these spaces, gas brought about the insecurity of sudden darkness, the noxious vapors of chemical industries, and the risk of explosion. In the end, the debate centered on a huge gasholder built in the fashionable Paris neighborhood of Faubourg-Poissonni re. To assess the risks, French and English experts used contrasting methods, founded on different cultures of objectivity. The article concludes by assessing their heuristics and the overall impact of the public controversy and the regulation it entailed on the construction of a safer gas lighting system.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.subjectgas lighting
dc.subjectrisk
dc.subjectenvironmental regulation
dc.subjecttechnological controversy
dc.titleThe Gas Lighting Controversy - Technological Risk, Expertise, and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0096144207301418
dc.identifier.volume33
dc.identifier.startpage729
dc.identifier.endpage755
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