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Risk in the Modern Age

Social Theory, Science and Environmental Decision-Making

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Environmental decision-making in recent decades has become increasingly dependent on scientific expertise. Grounded in universal principles of knowledge, these expert evaluations often depart from the assessments of ordinary members of the public. Whether the issue is nuclear power, genetic testing, food safety, or biodiversity, conservation lay people are increasingly charging experts with being ignorant of local contextual considerations. Scientists, as well as many policy-makers, in turn contend that the public is hopelessly irrational in gauging environmental risks. A growing group of social theorists has begun to take a keen interest in these disputes because risk captures central themes of late modernity. Increasing individualization, emerging new social movements, and declining public trust in key institutions are notions that loom large in these debates. Highlighting both theoretical and empirical perspectives, this volume brings together a distinguished group of environmental sociologists who critique and extend current thinking on what it means to live in a 'risk society'.

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Maurie J. Cohen is Research Fellow in Environmental Risk at the Oxford Center for the Environment, Ethics and Society, Mansfield College.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Environmental Sociology, Social Theory, and Risk: an Introductory Discussion

    Pages 3-31

    Cohen, Maurie J.

  • The Rational Actor Paradigm in Risk Theories: Analysis and Critique

    Pages 35-61

    Renn, Ortwin (et al.)

  • Menus of Choice: the Social Embeddedness of Decisions

    Pages 62-79

    Purcell, Kristen (et al.)

  • Dealing with Environmental Risks in Reflexive Modernity

    Pages 83-106

    Hogenboom, Joris (et al.)

  • The ‘Risk Society’ Reconsidered: Recreancy, the Division of Labor, and Risks to the Social Fabric

    Pages 107-120

    Freudenburg, William R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Risk in the Modern Age
Book Subtitle
Social Theory, Science and Environmental Decision-Making
Authors
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-62201-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-62201-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-22216-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 264
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