Risk and Sociocultural Theory: New Directions and Perspectives

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Deborah Lupton
Cambridge University Press, Dec 9, 1999 - Social Science - 191 pages
This 1999 book presents a variety of exciting perspectives on the perception of risk and the strategies that people adopt to cope with it. Using the framework of recent social and cultural theory, it reflects the fact that risk has become integral to contemporary understandings of selfhood, the body and social relations, and is central to the work of writers such as Douglas, Beck, Giddens and the Foucauldian theorists. The contributors are all leading scholars in the fields of sociology, cultural and media studies and cultural anthropology. Combining empirical analyses with metatheoretical critiques, they tackle an unusually diverse range of topics including drug use, risk in the workplace, fear of crime and the media, risk and pregnant embodiment, the social construction of danger in childhood, anxieties about national identity, the governmental uses of risk and the relationship between risk phenomena and social order.
 

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Contents

Postmodern reflections on risk hazards and life choices
12
Fear of crime and the media sociocultural theories of risk
34
Risk and the ontology of pregnant embodiment
59
Risk anxiety and the social construction of childhood
86
Constructing an endangered nation risk race and rationality in Australias native title debate
108
Risk calculable and incalculable
131
Ordering risks
160
Index
186
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