The Vulnerable Society

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Focusing on the connections between health, risk, and insecurity, this book offers new perspectives on an important field of contemporary debate and provides an invaluable resource for students, teachers, researchers, and policy makers. Health, Risk and Vulnerability reflects upon the meaning and significance of risk across a broad range of social and institutional contexts. It highlights the concept of insecurity to draw attention to the subjective and emotional dimensions of health risk that structure everyday thought and action. Recent sociological writing on risk has emphasized the significance of uncertainty as an aspect of 'reflexive modernization' with late modern societies characterized by growing recognition of the unpredictability of the threats posed by processes of techno-industrial development. The regulation of risk is oriented to controlling 'manufactured' uncertainty. So far, there has been little systematic attention to the significance of risk and uncertainty for perceptions of personal threat or 'sense of security'. This book argues that frequent news reports of health scares, combined with conflicting expert information about the risks (e.g. SARS, MMR, food contamination, electromagnetic radiation) contribute to anxiety or 'ontological insecurity'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415383073
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia.

Iain Wilkinson is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the sociology of risk and social theory. He convenes the BSA study group on Risk & Society.

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Table of Contents

1. Health Risk and Vulnerability: An Introduction - Alan Petersen and Iain Wilkinson 2. Unlimited Medicalization? Risk and the Pathologization of Normality - John-Arne Skolbekken 3. Community Care, Risk and the Shifting Focus of Danger and Vulnerability in Mental Health - Joanne Warner 4. Governmentality and the Subpolitics of Teenage Sexual Risk Behaviour - Joost Van Loon 5. Restructuring Health Care: Developing Systems to Identify Risk and Prevent Harm - Andy Alaszewski and Kirstie Coxon 6. Ecological Validity and Risk Management in Forensic Mental Health Services - Jacqueline Daves, Paul Godin and Bob Heyman 7. Talking and Taking Risks: An Exploration of Women’s Perceptions of Antenatal Testing in Pregnancy - Dawn S. Jones 8. Constructing Virtual Selves: Men Risk and the Rehearsal of Sexual Identities - Anthony Pryce 9. Reframing Risk: How Risk Discourses are used by Vaccine Critical Groups in the UK - Pru Hobson-West

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