Risk

Overview

A great deal of attention has been devoted to risk research. Sociologists in general have limited themselves to varying recognitions of a society at risk and have traced out the paths to disaster. The detailed research has yet to be undertaken. In Risk, now available in paperback, Niklas Luhmann develops a theoretical program for such research. His premise is that the concept of risk projects essential aspects of our description of the future onto the present. Risk is conceived as the possibility of triggering ...

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Overview

A great deal of attention has been devoted to risk research. Sociologists in general have limited themselves to varying recognitions of a society at risk and have traced out the paths to disaster. The detailed research has yet to be undertaken. In Risk, now available in paperback, Niklas Luhmann develops a theoretical program for such research. His premise is that the concept of risk projects essential aspects of our description of the future onto the present. Risk is conceived as the possibility of triggering unexpected, unlikely, and detrimental consequences by means of a decision attributable to a decision maker.

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“Luhmann develops a general theory of risk in modern societies, beginning with a geometry of precise definitions that differentiates risk from danger and that views risk from the perspective of a self-conscious actor who attributes calculable outcomes to a projected future… Luhmann's essay will encourage continued theoretical reflection and provide the impetus for a more theoretically informed research agenda pertaining to risk and modernity. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty.” J. H. Rubin, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202307640
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Communication and Social Order Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, and a fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Essen, Germany. During the academic year 2002-2003 he was Paul F. Lazarsfeld Professor at the University of Vienna. Stehr is also a professor emeritus of the University of Alberta. His research interests include sociology, economics and labor, globalization, and ecology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The Concept of Risk 1
Ch. 2 The Future as Risk 33
Ch. 3 Time Binding: Material and Social Aspects 51
Ch. 4 The Risk of Observing and the Coding of Function Systems 73
Ch. 5 The Special Case of High Technology 83
Ch. 6 Decision Makers and Those Affected 101
Ch. 7 Protest Movements 125
Ch. 8 Demands on Politics 145
Ch. 9 Risk in the Economic System 175
Ch. 10 Risky Behaviour in Organizations 187
Ch. 11 And Science? 203
Ch. 12 Second-Order Observation 219
Index 233
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