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The SAGE Handbook of Risk Communication

The SAGE Handbook of Risk Communication

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January 2015 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of risk communication, the field’s leading experts summarize theory, current research, and practice in a range of disciplines and describe effective communication approaches for risk situations in diverse contexts, such as health, environment, science, technology, and crisis. Offering practical insights, the contributors consider risk communication in all contexts and applications—interpersonal, organizational, and societal—offering a wider view of risk communication than other volumes. Importantly, the handbook emphasizes the communication side of risk communication, providing integrative knowledge about the models, audiences, messages, and the media and channels necessary for effective risk communication that enables informed judgments and actions regarding risk.

Editors Hyunyi Cho, Torsten Reimer, and Katherine McComas have significantly contributed to the field of risk communication with this important reference work—a must-have for students, scholars, and risk and crisis communication professionals.
Hyunyi Cho, Torsten Reimer, and Katherine A. McComas
Introduction: Explicating Communication in Risk Communication
Part I: Foundations of Risk Communication
Section 1: Risk Perceptions of Individuals
Nicolai Bodemer and Wolfgang Gaissmaier
Chapter 1: Risk Perception
Ralph Hertwig and Renato Frey
Chapter 2: The Challenge of the Description-Experience Gap to the Communication of Risks
Stephan Dickert, Daniel Vastfjall, Robert Mauro, and Paul Slovic
Chapter 3: The Feeling of Risk: Implications for Risk Perception and Communication
Section 2: Risk as Social Construction
Adam Burgess
Chapter 4: Social Construction of Risk
Andrew R. Binder, Michael A. Cacciatore, Dietram A. Scheufele, and Dominique Brossard
Chapter 5: The Role of News Media in the Social Amplification of Risk
Robin E. Jensen
Chapter 6: Rhetoric of Risk
Part II: Components of Risk Communication
Section 3: Models of Risk Communication
Sharon Dunwoody and Robert J. Griffin
Chapter 7: Risk Information Seeking and Processing Model
Hyunyi Cho and Kai Kuang
Chapter 8: The Societal Risk Reduction Motivation Model
Section 4: Audiences of Risk Communication
Priscila G. Brust-Renck, Valerie F. Reyna, Jonathan C. Corbin, Caisa E. Royer, and Rebecca B. Weldon
Chapter 9: The Role of Numeracy in Risk Communication
Stephen Lyng, Thomas Workman, and G. H. Morris
Chapter 10: Edgework and Risk Communication
Section 5: Risk Communication Messages
Torsten Reimer, Christina Jones, and Christine Skubisz
Chapter 11: Numeric Communication of Risk
Hyunyi Cho and L. Brooke Friley
Chapter 12: Narrative Communication of Risk: Toward Balancing Accuracy and Acceptance
Andrew J. King
Chapter 13: Visual Messaging and Risk Communication
Section 6: Risk Communication and the Media
Susanna Priest
Chapter 14: Media Portrayal of Risk: The Social Production of News
Matthew C. Nisbet
Chapter 15: Framing, the Media, and Risk Communication in Policy Debates
Stephen A. Rains, Steven R. Brunner, and Kyle Oman
Chapter 16: Social Media and Risk Communication
Part III: Contexts of Risk Communication
Section 7: Interpersonal Contexts of Risk Communication
Carma L. Bylund, Erin Maloney, and Emily B. Peterson
Chapter 17: Risk Communication in Provider-Patient Interactions
Janet Yang
Chapter 18: Informed Consent
Section 8: Organizational Contexts of Risk Communication
Tillman Russell and Torsten Reimer
Chapter 19: Risk Communication in Groups
Timothy L. Sellnow
Chapter 20: Crisis Communication
Section 9: Risk Communication in the Public Sphere
Hilary Schaffer Boudet and Shannon Elizabeth Bell
Chapter 21: Social Movements and Risk Communication
John C. Besley
Chapter 22: Public Engagement in Risk-Related Decision Making
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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ISBN: 9781452258683

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