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Title Risk revisited / edited by Pat Caplan.

Published London : Pluto Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.12 RISK    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Anthropology, culture, and society.
Anthropology, culture, and society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Introduction: Risk Revisited / Pat Caplan Caplan, Pat -- 2 Politics of Risk among London Prostitutes / Sophie Day Day, Sophie -- 3 Risk and Trust: Unsafe Sex, Gender and AIDS in Tanzania / Janet Bujra Bujra, Janet -- 4 Conflicting Models of Risk: Clinical Genetics and British Pakistanis / Alison Shaw Shaw, Alison -- 5 Risk-talk: the Politics of Risk and its Representation / Penny Vera-Sanso Vera-Sanso, Penny -- 6 a Risky Cease-fire: British Infantry Soldiers and Northern Ireland / Paul Killworth Killworth, Paul -- 7 Eruption of Chances Peak: Montserrat, and the Narrative C / Jonathan Skinner Skinner, Jonathan.
Summary "Risk" is a keyword in contemporary debates in social theory. Here, distinguished contributors reexamine the concept of risk. Are we, they ask, living in a more dangerous time? Or are we more afraid? Is this really the Age of Anxiety?
Looking at the topic from a cross-cultural perspective, the contributors challenge the Eurocentric frameworks within which notions of risk are more commonly considered; arguing that perceptions of danger, and sources of anxiety, are far more socially and culturally constructed -- and far more contingent -- than risk theorists generally admit. Perceptions of risk, they argue, are contested, inherently unstable, and liable to change over time and place -- as can be seen ia the way that anxieties about nuclear war were superseded by new worries such as global warming, genetic engineering, and AIDS, whether in the West or in southern India. Whether discussing the truth claims of scientists and environmentalists, or distinguishing between lay and scientific notions or risk, the contributors to this volume consider risk ethnographically as well as theoretically. They provide a much-needed new dimension to a concept that until now has been over theorized but all too rarely properly scrutinized.
Other author Caplan, Patricia.
Subject Risk -- Sociological aspects.
Risk perception.
Risk perception -- Cross-cultural studies.
ISBN 0745314635 (paperback) £14.99
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