"...this is a very good book - an easy and informative read on a topic of immense complexity and very enjoyable. The layout is excellent, with clear headings, a useful three-part structure and good-quality print. ...This book will undoubtedly find its market niche and become a 'good risk read'". - British Journal of Social Work 36 (3) 2006
What does it mean to live in `risk society'?
How does the idea of risk change how we live with each other?
Risk currently dominates individual and collective consciousness. Globally, insecurity is related to terrorism, pollution, global epidemics and famine, yet smoking, sunlight and travel have also become major preoccupations.
This book provides a powerful and lucid account of risk in society today. Denney critically examines the social construction of risk, by considering a range of social theories, addressing the literature and providing an authoritative guide to the key issues raised.
An analysis of the nature of risk to aspects of everyday life - of the meanings which have been assigned to notions of risk - is also considered. Finally, global themes such as terrorism, global regulation governance and developments in international relations are examined.
This book will be required reading for students of risk within the fields of Sociology, International Relations and Media, Culture and Communications.
Introduction PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING RISK The Nature of Risk Theoretical Positions PART TWO: LIVING IN THE RISK SOCIETY Risk and Everyday Experience Health and Risk Professional Practices and Risk Communicating Risk Through the Media Risk and Social Welfare Risk Management and Crime PART THREE: INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL RISK Risk and the New Terrorism The Management and Regulation of Risk Risk and the Environment Risk and Global Governance Risk and the New World Order The Risk Society An Assessment