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Métamorphoses de l'expertise

Métamorphoses de l'expertise

Précaution et maladies à prions

Métamorphoses de l'expertise
Precaution and Prion Diseases

This book offers a sociological lecture on conversions of the scientific expertise relating to the "mad cow" crisis. It explores the complexity of questions raised by changes in the recourse to science to manage the risks.

isbn :  978-2-7592-0399-4
Release :  01/01/2010
Nb of pages :  304
Reference : 02173
Language : French
Editor :  Quae
Co-editor :  MSH
Collection : 
Natures sociales

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The authors offer a backwards look to a defining period in reforming health crisis expertise in the 1990s. The place occupied by scientific dynamics in prions in the relationship between science and public decision invites us to see in the "mad cow" a powerful machine questioning the modalities and sense of a deep, sustainable transformation in how to govern the health risks. It is especially the totally new structuring of a reference to precaution, by constituting a reflexive conscience of experts in terms of the political function of their work, which is explored here. An enlightening book at a time when frequent flu outbreaks are tending to build a state of standardised monitoring. This work makes an original contribution of interest to both social science researchers and the decision makers.