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Risk and Society

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Social Theory

August 2005 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"…this is a very good book - an easy and informative read on a topic of immense complexity and very enjoyable. The layout is excellent, with clear headings, a useful three-part structure and good-quality print. …This book will undoubtedly find its market niche and become a 'good risk read'". - British Journal of Social Work 36 (3) 2006

What does it mean to live in `risk society'?

How does the idea of risk change how we live with each other?

Risk currently dominates individual and collective consciousness. Globally, insecurity is related to terrorism, pollution, global epidemics and famine, yet smoking, sunlight and travel have also become major preoccupations.

This book provides a powerful and lucid account of risk in society today. Denney critically examines the social construction of risk, by considering a range of social theories, addressing the literature and providing an authoritative guide to the key issues raised.

An analysis of the nature of risk to aspects of everyday life – of the meanings which have been assigned to notions of risk – is also considered. Finally, global themes such as terrorism, global regulation governance and developments in international relations are examined.

This book will be required reading for students of risk within the fields of Sociology, International Relations and Media, Culture and Communications.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING RISK
 
The Nature of Risk
 
Theoretical Positions
 
PART TWO: LIVING IN THE RISK SOCIETY
 
Risk and Everyday Experience
 
Health and Risk
 
Professional Practices and Risk
 
Communicating Risk Through the Media
 
Risk and Social Welfare
 
Risk Management and Crime
 
PART THREE: INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL RISK
 
Risk and the New Terrorism
 
The Management and Regulation of Risk
 
Risk and the Environment
 
Risk and Global Governance
 
Risk and the New World Order
 
The Risk Society
An Assessment  

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