Risk and Everyday Life

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SAGE, Jul 18, 2003 - Social Science - 140 pages
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Risk and Everyday Life examines how people respond to, experience and think about risk as part of their everyday lives.

Bringing together original empirical research and sociocultural theory, the authors examine how people define risk and what risks they see as affecting them, for example in relation to immigration, employment and family life. They emphasise the need to take account of the cultural dimensions of risk and risk-taking to understand how risk is experienced as part of everyday life and consider the influence that gender, social class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, geographical location and nationality have on our perceptions and experience of risk.

Drawing on the work of key theorists - Ulrich Beck, Scott Lash, and Mary Douglas - the authors examine and critique theories of risk in the light of their own research and presents case studies which show how notions of risk interact with day-to-day concerns.


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Stuff everyone knows dressed up in the verbosity of sociology to look important.
Incredibly repetitive.
Even the quotes are full of unnecessary phrases. Have these people heard of ellipses
? (...)
It is books like these that make people use the phrase: "it's only academic".
(Although it's not as useless, abstract and full of unnecessary jargon and verbosity as some).


Introduction Researching Risk and Everyday Life
Defining Risk
Risk and Border Crossings
Individualization Risk Modernity and Biography The Case of Work
Plural Rationalities From Blitz to Contemporary Crime
Perceptions of Time and Place in a Risk Modern City
Final Thoughts

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About the author (2003)

John Tulloch is Professor at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Cardiff

Deborah Lupton is an independent sociologist. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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