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Engineers and the environment: How the profession responded in the Swedish Society of Engineers, 1965-1972
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
2016 (English)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 82, no 1, p. 66-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how the Swedish engineers' main organization Svenska Teknologforeningen (the Swedish Society of Engineers, STF) reacted to the environmental debate in the late 1969s, and how this can be understood in terms of their professional identity. Several authors have singled out the importance of an apolitical scientific identity to the creation of the engineering profession. Criticism of technological development was an important part of the green movement, in Sweden as elsewhere, but it provoked the STF, who instead wanted to highlight how technology could be used to save the environment. The article discusses how the STF handled the dilemma of being relevant in society but at the same time at least appearing to be apolitical experts. It is concluded that the organisation did indeed act as a political force in all but name in its strong defence of technological progress.

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2016. Vol. 82, no 1, p. 66-92
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Engineering, Engineering history, Environmental history, Professionalisation
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194618Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84979777894OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-194618DiVA, id: diva2:1043841
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Correspondence Address: Fjæstad, M.; Avdelningen för historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö, KTH, Teknikringen 74D, Sweden; email: majaf@kth.se. QC 20161101

Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-10-31 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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