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Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Jens O. Zinn (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15336-2

Mar 2008

266 pages

In Stock

$59.95

Description

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
1. Introduction: The contribution of sociology to the discourse on risk and uncertainty:Jens O. Zinn.

2. Risk society and reflexive modernisation: Wolfgang Bonß.

3. Governmentality and risk:Pat O'Malley.

4. Systems theory and risk:Klaus-Peter Japp & Isabel Kusche.

5. Edgework, risk and uncertainty: Stephen Lyng.

6. Culture and risk: John Tulloch.

7. Comparison and perspectives of sociological theorizing on risk and uncertainty: Jens O. Zinn

""This book brings together scholars working at the cutting-edge of the analysis of social theories of risk and uncertainty. It is essential reading for anyone interested in theorising risk and uncertainty.""
Deborah Lupton, Charles Sturt University<!--end-->

  • 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