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Risk Revisited

Caplan, Pat, ed. 2000. Risk Revisited. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0745314631 [Edited Book]

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Are we living in dangerous times? Or are we just more afraid than we used to be? Is this really the 'Age of Anxiety'? In Risk Revisited, a range of distinguished anthropologists re-examines the concept of risk in contemporary societies.

This collection is the first to consider risk from a cross-cultural perspective and to challenge the Eurocentric frameworks within which notions of risk are more commonly considered. The authors argue that perceptions of danger and sources of anxiety are far more socially and culturally constructed - and for more contingent - than risk theorists generally. Admit. Among the themes discussed are the politics of risk among London prostitutes; unsafe sex, gender and AIDS in Africa; clinical genetics and British Pakistanis; risk, the cease-fire and Northern Ireland; the containment of risk in Montserrat; a consideration of consumers' responses to BSE and the beef crisis; and issues of food and chronic illness. The contributors distinguish between lay and scientific notions of risk, and consider the topic ethnographically as well as theoretically, provide a much-needed new dimension to a concept that until now has been over-theorised but rarely scrutinised.

Item Type:

Edited Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Date:

2000

Item ID:

11711

Date Deposited:

15 Jun 2015 11:30

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2017 10:59

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11711

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