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Chernobyl pp 117-132 | Cite as

Perception of a Secondhand Reality

  • Bruna De Marchi
  • Nicoletta Tessarin
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Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Abstract

This chapter begins by defining perception in relation to its social determinants, including the beliefs that filter experience and give meaning to it. The Chernobyl event is then described as a “secondhand reality,” shaped and framed by the mass media. Methodological problems are then discussed. Finally, the main issues of public concern that came to the fore in connection with the Chernobyl accident are identified and discussed. These include the decision-making procedures, competence and reliability of decision makers, and ultimately the credibility of democratic institutions.

Keywords

Risk Perception Mass Medium Crisis Management Chernobyl Accident Abortion Rate 
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© International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg/Austria 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruna De Marchi
    • 1
  • Nicoletta Tessarin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of International Sociology (ISIG)GoriziaItaly

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