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Title: Carnation Atoms? A History of Nuclear Energy in Portugal
Authors: Pereira, Tiago Santos 
Fonseca, Paulo F. C. 
Carvalho, António 
Keywords: Nuclear energy; Civic epistemologies; Sociotechnical imaginaries; Energy policy; History of science and technology
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2018
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Keywords: Nuclear energy; Civic epistemologies; Sociotechnical imaginaries; Energy policy; History of science and technology
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2018
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Abstract: Drawing upon the concepts of civic epistemologies and sociotechnical imaginaries, this article delves into the history of nuclear energy in Portugal, analyzing the ways in which the nuclear endeavor was differently enacted by various sociopolitical collectives – the Fascist State, post-revolutionary governments and the public. Following the 1974 revolution - known as the Carnation Revolution - this paper analyzes how the nuclear project was fiercely contested by a vibrant anti-nuclear movement assembled against the construction of the Ferrel Nuclear Plant, the first sociotechnical controversy in Portugal, paving the way for the emergence of a combative civic epistemology. Supported by semi-structured interviews with scientists, activists and local residents of Ferrel and the analysis of historical material, this article presents the failed Portuguese nuclear endeavor as an emblematic case study to explore the co-production of science and society, in particular the role of revolutionary processes in the unfolding of sociotechnical controversies.
Description: First Online: 30 April 2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/80650
ISSN: 1573-1871
DOI: 10.1007/s11024-018-9354-4
Rights: embargoedAccess
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