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Record number 434828
Title Consolidating the shared area of investigation between planning theory, risk theory and ethical inquiry
Author(s) Basta, C.
Event AESOP 2012, 26th Annual Congress, 2012-07-11/2012-07-15
Department(s) Land Use Planning
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2012
Abstract Although it is perhaps the most prominent interdisciplinary theme to have emerged in the past decades, in the domain of planning studies the prevention of technological risks has only recently started the pathway towards a rigorous theoretical definition (Boholm and Lofsted 2004; Hayden Lesbirel and Shaw 2005; Schmidt-Thomé 2006). This article is a further contribution and tries to delimit the shared area of investigation among risk theories, planning theories and ethical inquiry. In particular it discusses the matter of accounting technological risk, and its counterpart safety, as an explicit spatial design factor; this, not only in relation to the immediate context of risk-bearing installations but rather in relation to the overall distribution of risks in society. This latter consideration relates to the inherently normative nature of the practice of risk prevention, whose moral implications cannot be limited to the site-specific context of hazards; it is in fact the overall risk distribution in society, taking place through planning instruments, that needs to be considered. This article is part of a series of writings that aim at promoting a debate on what theoretical perspectives different disciplinary domains can contribute with in order to elaborate a solid and consistent planning discourse on technological risks. As such it constitutes a contribution to the streams of research of the referenced sociology, planning, risk and ethics scholars.
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