The Sociology of “Structural Disaster”: Beyond Fukushima

“Structural disaster” behind extreme events: sociological reflection on Fukushima and beyondWhat is undetected behind risk society?Dual underdetermination“Structural disaster”: beyond risk sociologyInstitutionalized secrecy: a SPEEDI storyThe chain of institutionalized secrecy and institutional inertiaSociological implications of structural disaster as a new frameworkDisaster matrixStructure of the bookBroader sociological implications of “structure”The theory of structural disaster: sector model and sociological path-dependency in the science-technology-society interfaceIntermingling of epistemological and ontological dimensions: the first step toward a sector model based on the foundation of the sociology of science and technologyBasic terminologies to specify aspects of science, technology, and society: the second step to sector modelSnapshot of what the sector model can reveal: a view through types of actorsSociological path-dependency as a dynamic theory of structural disasterFollowing a precedent leads to non-rationalityIntegration of static and dynamic frameworks: why has structural disaster been neglected for so long?Institutionalized inaction by compliance: from the Great Kanto Earthquake to the nuclear villageDual organizational structure of the governmental investigation committeeQuick fixes for problems at hand and lack of structural reformBig subsidy in expectation of something unusualAfter the Great Kanto Earthquake: a national research institute that works by inertiaAdvanced defense nation versus high economic growth nation: recurring structural disasterHow nuclear power bills are draftedThe academic sector and institutionalized inaction: what comes at the end of long-standing structural disaster?How to discern the credibility of expertise in the science-technology-society interfaceSecrecy throughout war and peace: structural disaster long before FukushimaStructural similarities between the Fukushima accident and little-known pre-war accident: from the perspective of structural disasterDevelopment trajectory of the Kanpon type and its pitfallsThe serious accident undisclosed: institutionalized secrecy during the wartime mobilization of science and technologyThe hidden accident and outbreak of war with the United States and Britain: deciphering institutionalized secrecySociological implications for the Fukushima accident: beyond dichotomous understanding of success or failureSPEEDI revisited: from the perspective of structural integration and functional disintegrationStructural disaster across pre-war/military and post-war/non-military regimesA structural disaster in environmentally friendly oceanic energy development: the hidden link between renewable energy and stratospheric ozone depletionSocial background of “new energy” technology development in Japan: the origin of the Sunshine projectOcean energy development and global environmental assessment: the complex case of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)Subtler aspects of the complex relationship between OTEC and the global environment: an unexpected path revealing structural disasterFeedback-for-learning channels inactivatedReversible technological development and irreversible environmental change: decision-making process exhibiting structural disasterStructural disaster, the precautionary principle, and “mild freezing”Structural disaster and the wind power regime: myth creation, myth destruction, and relevant outsidersThe connection between structural disaster and path-dependency: select perspectives from important casesSociological path-dependency and the other side of the wind power regime: resolutions discordant with the realization of public interestRelevant outsiders breaking the myth of wind power generation infeasibility: the case of M ProjectRelevant outsiders creating a path to exporting domestically produced wind turbines: the case of N ProjectRelevant outsiders after a mega-disaster: the case of Hokudan-machiFair public participation based on local knowledge: relevant outsiders versus choreographed outsidersThe quality of social decision-making processesTo understand or not to understand?: infinite responsibility for HLW disposal, or ongoing structural disasterHow to make visible and share the horizon of extreme eventsRevealing the way to fix type-two underdetermination in HLW disposalHidden social model implicating infinite responsibility for HLW disposal: the Toyocho caseThe hidden social model failed in HLW disposal: resistance in ToyochoSubtler configurations of intra-sector and inter-sector relationshipsSociological implications of an ongoing structural disasterProspects for moving away from ongoing structural disasterOverall structure of the arguments developed throughout the bookA renovated principle of symmetryThree proposals within the multiple-assumptions approach to structural disasterA focus on drastic structural reformThe “certainty trough” and the distribution of power in social decision-makingCircular arguments in the science-technology-society interfaceLooking toward the futureAppendix A: policy formulation and revision-related administrative documents prior to the establishment of the Agency of Technology (June 1940 to October 1941) from the Kokusaku Kenkyukai ArchivesAppendix B: the results of gas chromatography analysis of a working fluid for OTECNotesBibliography
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