The Utilization of Social Science Knowledge in Studying Technology and Society: The Case of the Accident at Three Mile Island

  • David L. Sills
Conference paper
Part of the Institut für Höhere Studien — Institute for Advanced Studies IHS-Studies book series (INHSIAS)


This is a report on how a number of social scientists sought to interpret the nature and consequences of the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The accident, which began on March 28, 1979, has emerged as a landmark event both in the history of nuclear power and in the social impact of technology. In a more modest way, it also illustrates some of the capacities of social research to contribute to an understanding of technology.


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  • David L. Sills
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  1. 1.Social Science Research CouncilNew YorkUSA

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