The Perception of Risk

The Perception of Risk

by Paul Slovic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1853835285

ISBN-13: 9781853835285

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The concept of risk is an outgrowth of our society's great concern about coping with the dangers of modern life. The Perception of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, risk perception and risk management, to examine the gap between expert views of risk and public perceptions. Ordered chronologically, it allows

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The concept of risk is an outgrowth of our society's great concern about coping with the dangers of modern life. The Perception of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, risk perception and risk management, to examine the gap between expert views of risk and public perceptions. Ordered chronologically, it allows the reader to see the evolution of our understanding of such perceptions, from early studies identifying public misconceptions of risk to recent work that recognizes the importance and legitimacy of equity, trust, power and other value-laden issues underlying public concern.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853835285
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Earthscan Risk in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresviii
List of Tablesxi
Forewordxv
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Acronyms and Abbreviationsxix
Introduction and Overviewxxi
1Decision Processes, Rationality and Adjustment to Natural Hazards1
2Cognitive Processes and Societal Risk Taking32
3Preference for Insuring Against Probable Small Losses: Insurance Implications51
4Accident Probabilities and Seat Belt Usage: A Psychological Perspective73
5How Safe Is Safe Enough? A Psychometric Study of Attitudes Toward Technological Risks and Benefits80
6Rating the Risks104
7Weighing the Risks: Which Risks are Acceptable?121
8Facts and Fears: Understanding Perceived Risk137
9Response Mode, Framing and Information-processing Effects in Risk Assessment154
10The Nature of Technological Hazard168
11Informing and Educating the Public about Risk182
12Perception of Risk from Automobile Safety Defects199
13Perception of Risk220
14The Social Amplification of Risk: A Conceptual Framework232
15The Perception and Management of Therapeutic Risk246
16Perception of Risk from Radiation264
17Perceived Risk, Trust and the Politics of Nuclear Waste275
18Intuitive Toxicology: Expert and Lay Judgments of Chemical Risks285
19Perceived Risk, Trust and Democracy316
20Adolescent Health-threatening and Health-enhancing Behaviors: A Study of Word Association and Imagery327
21Technological Stigma341
22Probability, Danger and Coercion: A Study of Risk Perception and Decision-making in Mental Health Law347
23Do Adolescent Smokers Know the Risks?364
24Insensitivity to the Value of a Human Life: A Study of Psychophysical Numbing372
25Trust, Emotion, Sex, Politics and Science: Surveying the Risk-assessment Battlefield390
26The Affect Heuristic in Judgments of Risks and Benefits413
References430
Index462

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