1992. Frankenfeld. "Technological Citizenship: A Normative Framework for Risk Studies"


"This article introduces the concept of technological citizenship (TC) as a status for individuals consisting of rights and obligations within bounded technological polities enforced by statist structures. The model reconciles freedom to innovate with the affirmation of the autonomy and dignity of laypersons and the assimilation of laypersons with their world. It seeks lay control over the introduction and ongoing management of environmental hazards and self-verification of safety. The rights and obligations of TC compose a "new social contract of complexity. " Even with different values stressed, the name, concept, and terms of TC would streamline studies of peril."


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May 23, 2018 - 4:07pm

Critical Commentary

This 1992 article by Philip J. Frankenfeld defines the concept of technological citizenship, exploring the relationship between environmental policy, technocracy, and democracy.



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Philip J. Frankenfeld, "1992. Frankenfeld. "Technological Citizenship: A Normative Framework for Risk Studies"", contributed by Maggie Woodruff, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 29 May 2018, accessed 26 May 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/1992-frankenfeld-technological-citizenship-normative-framework-risk-studies