Beck back in the 19th century: towards a genealogy of risk society

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dc.contributor.author FRESSOZ, Jean-Baptiste
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-23T13:40:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-23T13:40:16Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation History and technology, 2007, 23, 4, 333-350
dc.identifier.issn 0734-1512
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17405
dc.description.abstract This article aims at historicizing the 'risk society' thesis (Ulrich Beck). I first present an important book by Eugène Huzar, La Fin du monde par la science (Paris: Dentu, 1855). The author reflects upon the global catastrophes produced by new technologies and tries to imagine a safer way of governing science and nature. I contextualize this work by providing a series of case studies on various 19th-century technological controversies (ranging from deforestation to vaccination and the chemical industry). I argue that, in every case, what is usually put under the label 'resistance' to progress was in fact crucial for the shaping of safer technologies.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Genealogy
dc.subject History
dc.subject Technological change
dc.subject New technology
dc.subject Resistance
dc.subject Risk
dc.subject Historical analysis
dc.subject Beck, Ulrich
dc.title Beck back in the 19th century: towards a genealogy of risk society
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/07341510701527419
dc.identifier.volume 23
dc.identifier.startpage 333
dc.identifier.endpage 350
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