Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding Public Challenges to Modern Science and Technology

Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding Public Challenges to Modern Science and Technology

by Paul Slovic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1853837008

ISBN-13: 9781853837005

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The benefits of modern technology often involve health, safety and environmental risks that produce public suspicion of technologies and aversion to certain products and substances. Amplified by the pervasive power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can have enormous economic and social impacts, such as the 'stigmatization' experienced

Overview

The benefits of modern technology often involve health, safety and environmental risks that produce public suspicion of technologies and aversion to certain products and substances. Amplified by the pervasive power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can have enormous economic and social impacts, such as the 'stigmatization' experienced in recent years with nuclear power, British beef and genetically modified plants. This volume presents the most current and comprehensive examination of how and why stigma occurs and what the appropriate responses to it should be to inform the public and reduce undesirable impacts. Each form of stigma is thoroughly explored through a range of case studies. Theoretical contributions look at the roles played by government and business, and the crucial impact of the media in forming public attitudes. Stigma is not always misplaced, and the authors discuss the challenges involved in managing risk and reducing the vulnerability of important products, industries and institutions while providing the public with the relevant information they need about risks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853837005
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Earthscan Risk in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• Contamination Stigma
• Nuclear Stigma
• Place, Product, and Industry Stigma
• Risk, Media, and Stigma
• Coping with Stigma
• References
• About the Authors
• Index

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