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By Anique Hommels,Jessica Mesman,Wiebe E. Bijker

Novel applied sciences and clinical developments provide not just possibilities yet hazards. Technological platforms are susceptible to human errors and technical malfunctioning that experience far-reaching results: one flipped swap could cause a cascading energy failure throughout a networked electrical grid. but, as soon as addressed, vulnerability followed via coping mechanisms may well yield a extra versatile and resilient society. This booklet investigates vulnerability, in either its damaging and beneficial properties, in technological cultures. The members argue that viewing danger by way of vulnerability bargains a unique method of knowing the dangers and merits of technological know-how and expertise. Such an strategy broadens traditional chance research by means of connecting to problems with justice, harmony, and livelihood, and permitting comparisons among the worldwide north and south. The booklet explores case stories that diversity from agricultural practices in India to neonatal in depth care drugs in Western hospitals; those circumstances, spanning the problems addressed within the publication, illustrate what vulnerability is and does. The e-book bargains conceptual frameworks for empirical description and research of vulnerability that elucidate its ambiguity, context dependence, and built nature. eventually, the publication addresses the results of those analyses for the governance of vulnerability, providing a extra reflexive means of facing vulnerability in technological cultures.ContributorsMarjolein van Asselt, Martin Boeckhout, Wiebe Bijker, Tessa Fox, Stephen Healy, Anique Hommels, Sheila Jasanoff,Jozef Keulartz, Jessica Mesman, Ger Palmboom, C. Shambu Prasad, Julia Quartz, Johan M. Sanne, Maartje Schermer, Teesta Setelvad, Esha Shah, Andy Stirling, Imrat Verhoeven, Esther Versluis, Shiv Visvanathan, Gerard de Vries, Ger Wackers, Dick Willems

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