Making sense of uncertainty and precaution: The example of mobile telecommunications

Julie Barnett, Lada Timotijevic

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The aims of this chapter are two-fold. Firstly, it aims to provide an introduction to research on public understandings of uncertainty and precaution. Secondly, it presents an analysis of focus group data collected in the context of the precautionary stance of the UK government to the possible health risks of mobile telecommunications. We note that there is often a lack of correspondence between uncertainty and concern. People are familiar with, and often accepting of the notion of uncertain science. Uncertainties that are inferred from seemingly unresponsive institutional structures are more disconcerting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk and the Public Acceptance of New Technologies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780230591288
ISBN (Print)9780230517059
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2007


  • Focus Group
  • Mobile Phone
  • Risk Perception
  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
  • Risk Communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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