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The dam project: who are the experts?

Barrotta, Pierluigi and Montuschi, Eleonora (2018) The dam project: who are the experts? In: Barrotta, Pierluigi and Scarafile, Giovanni, (eds.) Science and Democracy: Controversies and Conflicts. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 17-34. ISBN 9789027200747

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In 1963 a huge landslide covered the Vajont valley (north-east of Italy), where one of the tallest arch dams in the world had been put in place (completed in 1959). More than 2000 people died. The locals had repeatedly warned the scientists that the sides of the valley were too fragile to hold significant impact, and publicly raised concern. The ensuing media debate surrounding issues of safety in the valley soon became manipulated for political purposes, and the important message got wasted. With the help of this case study we analyse how two types of knowledge (official science and local experience) may confront each other

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Additional Information: © 2018 John Benjamins
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 13:52
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:37

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