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Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty

Understanding Risk-Taking

Authors: Zinn, Jens

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  • Advances understanding of the forces which influence and drive risk-taking and how risk-taking is embedded in broader social contexts
    Positions a sociological approach in the context of interdisciplinary risk studies and reviews insights of a large number of qualitative studies
    Complements sociological approaches to risk which often remain on the societal macro level with an interpretivist perspective

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This book outlines and systematises findings from a growing body of research that examines the different rationales, dimensions and dynamics of risk-taking in current societies; providing insight into the different motivations and social roots of risk-taking to advance scholarly debates and improve social regulation. 

Conceptually, the book goes beyond common approaches which problematise socially undesirable risk-taking, or highlight the alluring character of risk-taking. Instead, it follows a broadly interpretivist approach and engages in examining motives, control, routinisation, reflexivity, skills, resources, the role of identity in risk-taking and how these are rooted in and framed by different social forces.

Zinn draws on qualitative studies from different theoretical and conceptual backgrounds such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, pragmatism, feminism, class analysis, theory of practice and discourse analysis among others, to outline key distinctions and concepts central to the understanding of risk-taking. 

It will be a key resource for everyone who is concerned with the understanding and management of risk-taking in all kinds of social domains, such as immigration, youth, leisure sports, crime, health, finance, and social policy.


About the authors

Jens O. Zinn is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Risk-Taking
Authors
Series Title
Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28650-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28650-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28649-1
Series ISSN
2523-7268
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 370
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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