REVIEW AND INTEGRATION OF EXISTING LITERATURE CONCERNING POTENTIAL SOCIAL IMPACTS OF TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS IN URBAN AREAS

The symbolic interactionist/collective behavior approach within sociology is applied to the transport of radioactive materials through urban environs, indicating that social impacts of such transport would extend far beyond objectively measurable radiological impacts of normal (incident free) transport, accidents during transport (with or without radiation release) or diversion by terrorists. This approach is used to delineate the major cultural frames of reference that interested publics and special groups might use in interpreting events surrounding radioactive material transport, and to specify probable social impacts of seven scenarios. These impacts include: (1) uncertainty, fear and mistrust, (2) processes, (3) initial agency responses, (4) subsequent collective behavior responses, and (5) a wide range of more general impacts on U.S. culture and special structure.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Texas Univ. at Houston. School of Public Health., and Rice Univ., Houston, TX.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sandia Laboratories

    P.O. Box 5800
    Albuquerque, NM  USA  87115

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Division of Engineering Standards
    Washington, DC  USA  20555
  • Authors:
    • Gordon, C
    • Anderson, C
    • Gessell, T F
    • Prichard, H
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 180 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAND-78-7017
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1981 12:00AM