The Social Amplification of Risk

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Edited by three well-known analysts of risk and its communication, this volume brings together contributions from a group of international experts in risk perception and risk communication. Key conceptual issues are discussed as well as a range of recent case studies that span BSE and food safety, AIDS/HIV, nuclear power, child protection, Y2K, electromagnetic fields, and waste incineration. The volume also draws attention to issues in public policy, risk management and risk communication practice.

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'This volume discusses key conceptual issues as well as a range of recent case studies (spanning BSE and food safety, AIDS/HIV, nuclear power, child protection, Y2K, electromagnetic fields, and waste incineration ...'. Social Science Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521817288
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Pidgeon is Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk. He has written extensively on risk communication and perception issues, including a major contribution to the UK Royal Society Report on Risk (1992), as well as on causes of organisational accidents. He is the author of Man-Made Disasters (1997).

Roger E. Kasperson is Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is the leading geographer in the field of risk and risk communication over the last 30 years. His publications include Communicating Risks to the Public (with J. Stallen, 1991), Nuclear Risks in Comparative Perspective (1987), Acceptable Evidence: Science and Values in Hazard Management (with J. X. Kasperson, 1991), and Regions at Risk (with J. X. Kasperson and B. L. Turner, 1995).

Paul Slovic is President of Decision Research and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. He is the leading psychologist in the field of risk perception and behavioral decision making over the past 30 years. His publications include Acceptable Risk with B. Fischhoff, S. Lichtenstein, R. Keeney and P. Derby (Cambridge, 1981), Judgement Under Uncertainty with D. Kahneman and A. Tversky (2nd edition, Cambridge, 2002), The Perception of Risk (2000), and Risk Media and Stigma with J. Flynn and H. Kunreuther (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The social amplification of risk: assessing fifteen years of research and theory 13
2 The logical structure of the social amplifications of risk framework (SARF): Metatheoretical foundations and policy implications 47
3 Social amplification of risk and the layering method 80
4 Institutional failure and the organizational amplification of risks: the need for a closer look 102
5 Trust, transparency, and social context: implications for social amplification of risk 123
6 Risk and relativity: BSE and the British media 138
7 After amplification: rethinking the role of the media in risk communication 156
8 Plague and arsenic: assignment of blame in the mass media and the social amplification and attenuation of risk 179
9 The dynamics of risk amplification and attenuation in context: a French case study 209
10 Public response to Y2K: social amplification and risk adaptation: or, 'how I learned to stop worrying and love Y2K" 243
11 The social dynamics of environmental risk perception: implications for risk communication research and practice 262
12 Understanding amplification of complex risk issues: the risk story model applied to the EMF case 286
13 Integrating politics with the social amplification of risk framework: insights from an exploration in the criminal justice context 305
14 Nuclear stigma 326
15 Searching for the public policy relevance of the risk amplification framework 355
16 Social amplification of risk in participation: two case studies 374
Bibliography 402
Index 436
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