Social theories of risk and uncertainty: an introduction

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Blackwell Pub., 2008 - Social Science - 252 pages
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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.

  • 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
  • Explores key topics including risk society and reflexive modernization, culture and risk, governmentality and risk, systems theory and risk, and edgework and voluntary risk taking
  • Offers a comprehensive look at the promises, pitfalls, and perspectives of risk theorizing

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Risk Society and Reflexive Modernization
Governmentality and Risk
Systems Theory and Risk

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Jens O. Zinn is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He is currently researching the development of risk theorizing as part of the ESRC priority network Social Contexts and Responses to Risk (SCARR). He has founded research networks on the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty within the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the European Sociological Association (ESA).

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