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Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age

John C. Burnham


Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. Thinkers in the early twentieth century, observing the awful consequences of interactions between humans and machines—death by automobiles or dismemberment by factory machinery, for example—developed the idea of accident proneness: the tendency of a particular person to have more accidents than most people. In tracing this concept from its birth to its disappearance at the end of the twentieth century, this book offers a unique history of technology focused not on ... More

Keywords: technology, machines, factory machinery, automobiles, accident proneness, accidents, insurance industry, psychologists, environmental history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226081175
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Burnham, author