Journal Article

Some Reflections on Anthropology of the Risk of Radiation

D. Van Nuffelen

in Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Volume 68, issue 3-4, pages 231-233
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 0144-8420
Published online December 1996 | e-ISSN: 1742-3406 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.rpd.a031870
Some Reflections on Anthropology of the Risk of Radiation

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Since any scientific result is, in the view of K. Popper, nothing else but a provisional truth, it is idle and unintelligent to claim that any given model is the best. This point correctly understood, it is true that some models are closer to reality than others, mainly because they are not sectarian, and as they are open to this reality which always partly escapes us, they reflect it better despite their implacable weaknesses. Man has to face the reality that involves radiological risk. The scientific study of man, anthropology, cannot confine it to a reductive and unilateral paradigm. Rather than taking the easy and wrong way by reducing man's part solely to the answers to an artificial questionnaire, social scientists have to question man's condition; and the human condition cannot be brought into scale. This paper examines these problems through the way various human groups define and treat the nuclear dangers.

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Subjects: Nuclear Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Radiation

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