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Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty. An Introduction

  • ID: 2249565
  • Book
  • February 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 268 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Written by leading experts in the field,
Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty is an introduction to mainstream theorizing on risk and uncertainty in sociology. The book provides an overview of the historical developments and conceptual aspects of risk, identifies why theorizing on risk is necessary, and highlights specific sociological contributions to this field of research. Individual chapters explore key topics including: risk society and reflexive modernization, culture and risk, governmentality and risk, systems theory and risk, and edgework and voluntary risk taking.

This volume is an excellent resource that offers a clear understanding of risk from a social science perspective and establishes the basis for further theorizing and future research. Ultimately it offers a comprehensive look at the promises, pitfalls, and perspectives of risk theorizing.

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1. Introduction: The contribution of sociology to the discourse on risk and uncertainty:Jens O. Zinn.

2. Risk society and reflexive modernisation: Wolfgang Bonß.

3. Governmentality and risk:Pat O′Malley.

4. Systems theory and risk:Klaus–Peter Japp & Isabel Kusche.

5. Edgework, risk and uncertainty: Stephen Lyng.

6. Culture and risk: John Tulloch.

7. Comparison and perspectives of sociological theorizing on risk and uncertainty: Jens O. Zinn

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Jens O. Zinn
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