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  • ID: 4031561
  • Book
  • 1288 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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The notion of risk, and the associated concepts of hazard, uncertainty and probability, is a modern one. Such is our preoccupation with anticipating and trying to manage the future living in a ‘risk society', according to Ulrich Beck's famous account. The study of risk - as an at least partially social phenomenon of the modern world - is an even more recent development than the term itself. Risk-related research has increased exponentially since its beginnings in the late 1960s, indicated by the array of specialist journals such as Risk Analysis, Journal of Risk Research and Health, Risk and Society. From original concerns with public perception of risk from technology, food, health, environment and media it has expanded into many new areas, such as terrorism and child safety.
This major work brings together articles that have made an impact and have implications beyond their disciplinary field or topic area, and the literature is organised into the following thematic volumes:

Volume One: Psychological - and American - Origins

Volume Two: Social Turn and Social Theories

Volume Three: Regulation Governance and Applied Studies

Volume Four: Consequences, Debates, Implications

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Social Benefit versus Technological Risk: What Is Our Society Willing to Pay for Safety? Chauncey Starr

Perception of Risk Paul Slovic

Perceived Risk, Real Risk: Social Science and the Art of Probabilistic Risk Assessment William R. Freudenberg

How Safe Is Enough? A Psychometric Study of Attitudes towards Technological Risks and Benefits Baruch Fishchoff, Paul Slovic, Sarah Lichtenstein, Stephen Read and Barbara Combs

Comparative Studies of Risk Perception: A Review of Twenty Years of Research Åsa Boholm

Risk Perception and Communication Unplugged: Twenty Years of Process Baruch Fischhoff

Conditions for Intuitive Expertise: A Failure to Disagree Daniel Kahneman and Gary Klein

Reasoning the Fast and Frugal Way: Models of Bounded Rationality Gerd Gigerenzer and Daniel G. Goldstein

Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman

Probability Neglect: Emotions, Worst Cases, and Law Cass R. Sunstein

When Lives Are in Their Hands: Dilemmas of the Societal Decision Maker Sarah Lichtenstein, Robin Gregory, Paul Slovic and Willem A. Wagenaar

American Exceptionalism and the Political Acknowledgement of Risk Sheila Jasanoff

Genealogies of Risk: Searching for Safety, 1930s–1970s William Boyd


Gender, Race and Perception of Environmental Health Risks James Flynn, Paul Slovic and C.K. Mertz

Media Discourse and Public Opinion on Nuclear Power: A Constructionist Approach William A. Gamson and Andre Modigliani

The Social Amplification of Risk: A Conceptual Framework Roger E. Kasperson, Ortwin Renn, Paul Slovic, Halina S. Brown, Jacque Emel, Robert Goble, Jeanne X. Kasperson and Samuel Ratick

Risk and Responsibility Anthony Giddens

World Risk Society as Cosmopolitan Society? Ecological Questions in a Framework of Manufactured Uncertainties Ulrich Beck

Living in a World Risk Society Ulrich Beck

Critical Reflections on “Reflexive Modernization” Jeffrey C. Alexander

Beck, Individualization and the Death of Class: A Critique Will Atkinson

Environment, Modernity and the Risk-Society: The Apocalyptic Horizon of Environmental Reform Arthur P.J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren

Moral Panic versus the Risk Society: The Implications of the Changing Sites of Social Anxiety Sheldon Ungar

The Social Fabric at Risk: Toward the Social Transformation of Risk Analysis James F. Short, Jr

Governmentality and the Risk Society Pat O’Malley

Risk as a Forensic Resource Mary Douglas

How Fair Is Safe Enough? The Cultural Approach to Societal Technology Choice Steve Rayner and Robin Cantor

The Social Construction of Risk Objects: Or, How to Pry Open Networks of Risk Stephen Hilgartner


Heading into the Unknown: Everyday Strategies for Managing Risk and Uncertainty Jens O. Zinn

Edgework: A Social Psychological Analysis of Voluntary Risk-Taking Stephen Lyng

Risk Rationalities in Contemporary Social Work Policy and Practice Hazel Kemshall

The Rise and Fall of Risk Reporting Jenny Kitzinger and Jacquie Reilly

The Institutional Origins of Risk: A New Agenda for Risk Research Henry Rothstein

The Risk Management of Everything Michael Power

The Limits and Variety of Risk-based Governance: The Case of Flood Management in Germany and England Kristian Krieger

Risk Analysis and Risk Management: An Historical Perspective Vincent T. Covello and Jeryl Mumpower

The Rise of the Regulatory State in Europe Giandomenico Majone

The Hare and the Tortoise Revisited: The New Politics of Consumer and Environmental Regulation in Europe David Vogel

Comparing Precaution in the United States and Europe Jonathan B. Wiener and Michael D. Rogers


The Policy Implications of Different Concepts of Risk Judith A. Bradbury

Technical and Democra
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Adam Burgess - University of Kent, UK
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