Energy and the city: thinking sociologically about electrical power

Matthewman, Steve and Byrd, Hugh (2016) Energy and the city: thinking sociologically about electrical power. Atlantis: Magazine for Urbanism & Landscape Architecture, 26 (3). pp. 15-16. ISSN 1387-3679


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Accessibility and security of fuel supply is a fundamental social requirement. However, even in the world’s most privileged places a specifically modern problem presents itself`; life is sustained by complex critical infrastructures which are more fragile than is commonly supposed. In the case of electrical power these infrastructures are getting frailer. Many concerns have been raised. The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (2004) urged that the project for 21sr century social science should be to tackle urban vulnerability and network failures. Here, we make a small contribution towards this project by focussing on one network failure: accidental loss of electrical power (blackouts).

Keywords:Electrical power, social science, urban, blackouts, NotOAChecked
Subjects:J Technologies > J910 Energy Technologies
L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:23141
Deposited On:16 May 2016 08:20

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