TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Autor(en): SZELL, G
Stichwörter: Social Sciences - Other Topics; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Erscheinungsdatum: 1994
Herausgeber: BLACKWELL PUBL LTD
Journal: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL
Volumen: 46
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 213
Seitenende: 225
Zusammenfassung: 
The relations between technology, production, distribution and consumption are the very centre of classical political economy. The discussion of environmental issues goes back to the last century. But a coherent integration had to be delayed until the situation developed in a way that made assessment possible. Technology assessment is a strategy that has developed since the 1960s and includes environmental problems. We are confronted with a problem at the borderline of economics, sociology and natural sciences. A theory which is still in the making has to take into account these different dimensions. Recent sociological debates turn on the concepts of risk (Beck, Duclos) or catastrophe. These contributions, though of great relevance, are too narrow in their approach and become `sociologistic', i.e. they overestimate the pure sociological argument. It is suggested that work and therefore the forms of technology, production and consumption, including the solution of environmental problems, remain at the centre of society.
ISSN: 00208701

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