Stigma in science: the case of earthquake prediction

Bradley, Caroline and Joffe, Helene and Rossetto, Tiziana and O'Connor, Cliodhna (2017) Stigma in science: the case of earthquake prediction. Disasters . ISSN 1467-7717

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This paper explores how earthquake scientists conceptualise earthquake prediction, particularly given the conviction of six earthquake scientists for manslaughter (subsequently overturned) on 22 October 2012 for having given inappropriate advice to the public prior to the L’Aquila earthquake of 6 April 2009. In the first study of its kind, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 earthquake scientists and the transcribed interviews were analysed thematically. The scientists primarily denigrated earthquake prediction, showing strong emotive responses and distancing themselves from earthquake ‘prediction’ in favour of ‘forecasting’. Earthquake prediction was regarded as impossible and harmful. The stigmatisation of the subject is discussed in the light of research on boundary work and stigma in science. The evaluation reveals how mitigation becomes the more favoured endeavour, creating a normative environment that disadvantages those who continue to pursue earthquake prediction research. Recommendations are made for communication with the public on earthquake risk, with a focus on how scientists portray uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boundary Work, Earthquake Prediction, Social Representations, Stigma in Science
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Human Psychological Processes > Strange Environment/Situation
Human Psychological Processes > Stress
Department/People: Special Units
Depositing User: Mr Mat Zaremba
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 15:16
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576

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