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Towards a Historical Understanding of Critical Raw Materials. Suggestions from a History of Technology Perspective

Haumann, Sebastian (2018):
Towards a Historical Understanding of Critical Raw Materials. Suggestions from a History of Technology Perspective.
In: GAIA, oekom, pp. 373-378, 27, (4), ISSN 2625-5413, DOI: 10.14512/gaia.27.4.9, [Online-Edition: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/8298],
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Abstract

The current debate on critical raw materials lacks a historical dimension. While the idea of identifying certain raw materials as particularly problematic – and therefore critical – to future development is not a new one, a historical perspective has not yet been systematically integrated into the debate. This article explores concepts from history of technology to make suggestions about how we can better understand the ways in which reflection triggers and shapes material change. It discusses the concepts of social construction of technology (SCOT) and the development of technological systems, applying them to the debates on the criticality of wood and limestone during the age of industrialization.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2018
Creators: Haumann, Sebastian
Title: Towards a Historical Understanding of Critical Raw Materials. Suggestions from a History of Technology Perspective
Language: English
Abstract:

The current debate on critical raw materials lacks a historical dimension. While the idea of identifying certain raw materials as particularly problematic – and therefore critical – to future development is not a new one, a historical perspective has not yet been systematically integrated into the debate. This article explores concepts from history of technology to make suggestions about how we can better understand the ways in which reflection triggers and shapes material change. It discusses the concepts of social construction of technology (SCOT) and the development of technological systems, applying them to the debates on the criticality of wood and limestone during the age of industrialization.

Journal or Publication Title: GAIA
Volume: 27
Number: 4
Publisher: oekom
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Department of History
02 Department of History and Social Science > Department of History > Modern Urban and Environmental History
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2019 20:55
DOI: 10.14512/gaia.27.4.9
Official URL: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/8298
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-82983
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