Risk And Everyday Life

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Overview

Risk and Everyday Life examines how people respond to, experience and think about risk as part of their everyday lives.

Bringing together original empirical research and sociocultural theory, the authors examine how people define risk and what risks they see as affecting them, for example in relation to immigration, employment and family life. They emphasise the need to take account of the cultural dimensions of risk and risk-taking to understand how risk is experienced as part of everyday life and consider the influence that gender, social class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, geographical location and nationality have on our perceptions and experience of risk.

Drawing on the work of key theorists - Ulrich Beck, Scott Lash, and Mary Douglas - the authors examine and critique theories of risk in the light of their own research and presents case studies which show how notions of risk interact with day-to-day concerns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761947592
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/23/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

John Tulloch’s career has spanned universities in Australia and the UK. After an undergraduate degree in history at Cambridge University, he studied for a Masters in sociology of literature, drama and media at the University of Sussex, and completed his Ph D in 1973 on the theatre and literature of Anton Chekhov (in particular in relation to the new Russian medical sciences of the late Nineteenth century).

Deborah Lupton in an independent sociologist based in Sydney. She was previously Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University. She has published 12 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on the topics of the social and cultural aspects of medicine and public health; risk; embodiment; HIV/AIDS; fear of crime; parenting cultures; infancy and childhood; the emotions; food; critical weight studies; and digital sociology.

Her current research is focusing on dimensions of maternal, unborn and child embodiment, obesity as a sociocultural phenomenon, m-health and the body, and digital sociology. She is convenor of the Sydney Health & Society Group and the co-convenor of the Australian Food, Society and Culture Network.

Deborah is an advocate of using social and other digital media for professional purposes. She blogs at ‘This Sociological Life’, tweets @DALupton, has a number of Pinterest boards and Storify presentations dealing with her current research interests and administers three Facebook pages: Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine, Digital Sociology and Sociology of Parenting. She contributes pieces to The Conversation and Crikey online discussion sites and is an invited member of the Crikey Health and Medical Panel. She has also developed a free Android app called ‘Medical Sociology’ which explains over 25 key concepts on that topic for students.

Further details of her academic publications can be found on her Academia.edu webpage and her citation metrics may be viewed on her Google Scholar profile.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Researching Risk and Everyday Life
Defining Risk
Risk and Border Crossings
Individualization, Risk Modernity and Biography
The Case of Work
Plural Rationalities
From Blitz to Contemporary Crime
Perceptions of Time and Place in a 'Risk Modern' City
Final Thoughts

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