John Burnham's Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and PDF

By John Burnham

ISBN-10: 0226081176

ISBN-13: 9780226081175

Technology calls for uniformity from people who come across it. humans encountering know-how, although, fluctuate from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, gazing the grim outcomes of interactions among people and machines—death by way of vehicles or dismemberment through manufacturing facility equipment, for example—developed the belief of coincidence proneness: the tendency of a specific individual to have extra injuries than most folk. In tracing this idea from its delivery to its disappearance on the finish of the 20th century, Accident Prone bargains a special heritage of expertise centred no longer on concepts yet on their accidental consequences.

Here, John C. Burnham exhibits that because the computing device period improved, the actual and fiscal influence of injuries coevolved with the increase of the coverage and traits in twentieth-century psychology. After global battle I, psychologists decided that a few everyone is extra coincidence services than others. This designation signaled a shift in social method towards minimizing injuries by way of diverting specific humans clear of risky environments. by way of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, in spite of the fact that, the belief of coincidence proneness progressively declined, and engineers constructed new applied sciences to guard every body, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.

            mendacity on the intersection of the historical past of know-how, the heritage of medication and psychology, and environmental historical past, Accident Prone is an formidable highbrow research of the delivery, development, and decline of an concept that might curiosity an individual who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human expenditures of contemporary life.

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