Risk and Sociocultural Theory: New Directions and Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2000-01-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book presents a variety of exciting new 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.

Author Biography

Deborah Lupton is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy and Director of the Centre for Cultural Risk Research at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: risk and sociocultural theory 1(11)
Deborah Lupton
Postmodern reflections on `risk', `hazards' and life choices
Nick Fox
Fear of crime and the media: sociocultural theories of risk
John Tulloch
Risk and the ontology of pregnant embodiment
Deborah Lupton
Risk anxiety and the social construction of childhood
Stevi Jackson
Sue Scott
Constructing an endangered nation: risk, race and rationality in Australia's native title debate
Eva Mackey
Risk, calculable and incalculable
Mitchell Dean
Ordering risks
Stephen Crook
Index 186

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