Download e-book for kindle: Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and by John Burnham

By John Burnham

ISBN-10: 0226081176

ISBN-13: 9780226081175

Technology calls for uniformity from humans who stumble upon it. humans encountering know-how, despite the fact that, range from each other. Thinkers within the early 20th century, watching the grim outcomes of interactions among people and machines—death through vehicles or dismemberment through manufacturing unit 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 20 th century, Accident Prone bargains a distinct historical past of know-how targeted now not on suggestions yet on their accidental consequences.

Here, John C. Burnham indicates that because the desktop period stepped forward, the actual and monetary effect of injuries coevolved with the increase of the coverage and traits in twentieth-century psychology. After global battle I, psychologists decided that a few individuals are extra twist of fate providers than others. This designation signaled a shift in social procedure towards minimizing injuries by means of diverting specific humans clear of harmful environments. by means of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, notwithstanding, the belief of coincidence proneness progressively declined, and engineers built new applied sciences to guard every body, thereby introducing a hidden, yet radical, egalitarianism.

            mendacity on the intersection of the background of expertise, the historical past of drugs and psychology, and environmental background, Accident Prone is an formidable highbrow research of the start, progress, and decline of an concept that might curiosity someone who needs to appreciate how Western societies have grappled with the human expenses of contemporary life.

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