Anthropology and Risk

Anthropology and Risk

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Drawing on theory from anthropology, sociology, organisation studies and philosophy, this book addresses how the perception, communication and management of risk is shaped by culturally informed and socially embedded knowledge and experience. It provides an account of how interpretations of risk in society are conditioned by knowledge claims and cultural assumptions and by the orientationof actors based on roles, norms, expectations, identities, trust and practical rationality within a lived social world. By focusing on agency, social complexity and the production and interpretation of meaning, the book offers a comprehensive and holistic theoretical perspective on risk, based on empirical case studies and ethnographic enquiry. As a selection of A…sa Boholma€™s publications throughout her career, along with a newly written introduction overviewing the field, this book provides a unified perspective on risk as a construct shaped by social and cultural contexts.This collection should be of interest to students and scholars of risk communication, risk management, environmental planning, environmental management and environmental and applied anthropology.Let us consider an example that was highly amplified in the Swedish media in early 2002. ... 14 and 15 microteslas had been measured at the position of the drivera#39;s left foot in the Volvo S60 model and appeared to affect other new models as well (S80, S70). The cause of the problem was the placement of the battery in the back of the car, from where it connected with the engine by means of a floor cable.

Title:Anthropology and Risk
Author: Asa Boholm
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-04-24

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