Trust, uncertainty, and the social perception of the advanced technologies a case study

Rosario Solá, Ana PRades, Josep EsPluga, Marta Real

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Abstract

This paper reflects on trust and its role in shaping the public perception and response towards a new technological centre. In particular, it deals with the introduction of a research centre on clean coal combustion in a mining area of the Northwest of Spain. When the siting of this centre was announced, a multi-method approach combining qualitative (interviews and focus groups), and quantitative (survey) techniques was applied to understand the citizen's perceptions an expectancies. Results allow a discussion on the role traditionally assigned to trust as a key dimension in the social perception of risk, as well as in the acceptability of some emergent technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-175
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Volume67
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Risk Management
  • Social Responses
  • Technological Research Centre.

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