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Accident prone : a history of technology, psychology, and misfits of the machine age

Author: John Chynoweth Burnham
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, cop. 2009.
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Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. Thinkers in the early twentieth century, observing the awful consequences of interactions between humans and machines—death by automobiles or dismemberment by factory machinery, for example—developed the idea of accident proneness: the tendency of a particular person to have more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Chynoweth Burnham
ISBN: 9780226081175 0226081176
OCLC Number: 762656318
Description: 1 vol. (328 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Before accident proneness --
German origins --
British origins --
Preparing the way: transport operators --
The streams come together in the late 1920s and early 1930s --
Consolidation and development, 1930s-World War II --
How psychiatrists did not adopt and medicalize accident proneness --
The mid-twentieth-century high point --
Eclipse of the idea among experts --
Bypassing accident proneness with engineering.
Responsibility: John C. Burnham.
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Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. This book presents a history of technology focused not on  Read more...

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"Thoughtful. . . . A good academic book for academics."-- (12/17/2009) "Burnham has crafted a fascinating study of the rise and decline of the concept of being accident-prone."--Choice "Based on Read more...

 
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