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Risk and Sociocultural Theory

Risk and Sociocultural Theory
New Directions and Perspectives


  • Editor: Deborah Lupton, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales
Deborah Lupton, Nick Fox, John Tulloch, Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott, Eva Mackey, Mitchell Dean, Stephen Crook
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  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645546

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  • 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.

    • Innovative critique and comparison of major perspectives on risk in social and cultural theory
    • Goes beyond the usual topics of environmental, industrial and health risks to look at a diverse range of topics
    • Multidisciplinary approach. Brings together leading scholars in sociology, cultural and media studies and cultural anthropology
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645546
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.305kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: risk and sociocultural theory Deborah Lupton
    1. Postmodern reflections on 'risk','hazards' and life choices Nick Fox
    2. Fear of crime and the media: sociocultural theories of risk John Tulloch
    3. Risk and the ontology of pregnant embodiment Deborah Lupton
    4. Risk anxiety and the social construction of childhood Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott
    5. Constructing an endangered nation: risk, race and rationality in Australia's native title debate Eva Mackey
    6. Risk, calculabel and incalculable Mitchell Dean
    7. Ordering risks Stephen Crook.

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    Deborah Lupton, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales


    Deborah Lupton, Nick Fox, John Tulloch, Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott, Eva Mackey, Mitchell Dean, Stephen Crook

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