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Chapter 11: Sociohistorical Technology Studies

Sociohistorical Technology Studies

Sociohistorical technology studies
Wiebe E. Bijker

Prologue

Friday, November 22, 1991, 0:30 a.m., in Zeeland, the Dutch coastal region south of Rotterdam, lights are still on in many of the houses and farms. The wind, force 11 on the Beaufort scale, howls over the countryside and drives huge waves against the dikes. Trees are uprooted and tiles fly from roofs. But it is not this that is keeping the Zeeland people from their sleep. At 1:30 a.m. it will be high tide. Not any high tide, but spring tide. The northwestern storm, which has raged for 2 days, has forced the North Sea into the narrow funnel of the English channel and high up against the Zeeland coast—some 3 to 4 meters higher than normal.

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