By Martin Bauer
This e-book compares resistance to expertise throughout time, international locations and applied sciences, focusing on nuclear strength, details expertise and biotechnology. the focal point is on post-1945 Europe, with comparisons made with the us, Japan and Australia. the most thesis of the e-book is that resistance is a positive strength in technological improvement, giving expertise its specific form in a specific context. whereas many of us nonetheless think within the confident contribution made through technology and know-how, many became skeptical. The ebook takes the concept that modernity creates results that undermine its personal foundations, and explores quite a few kinds and results of resistance in the course of the postwar interval. This provides a distinct interdisciplinary learn, and contains contributions from historians, sociologists, psychologists and political scientists.
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History of Biotechnology.
154). Preventing an event from happening is the strongest direct effect. A project may be abandoned in response to resistance as in the case of the Austrian nuclear power plant 'Zwentendorf near Vienna, mothballed before it started to produce energy. Other effects are: delaying the resisted events; postponing a final decision; abandoning a project for good, or for only a limited period of time. The Luddite struggle against machinery is an example of the latter. The introduction of textile machinery was postponed in a particular area of Northern England (Randall, Chapter 3).
Official recognition is another recursive effect of resistance. An initially marginal core actor may gain official recognition to speak for the people in resistance. This legitimation has an internal and an external dynamic. Internally several actors and factions may compete for leadership; the external recognition of leadership may solve at least temporarily an internal conflict. The legitimation of leadership may provide a distinct profile, direction, coordination and personalized image of its causes.
Resistance to New Technology: Nuclear Power, Information Technology and Biotechnology by Martin Bauer