Looking at the concept of risk from a cross-cultural perspective, the contributors challenge the Eurocentric frameworks within which notions of risk are more commonly considered. They argue that perceptions of danger, and sources of anxiety, are far more socially and culturally constructed - and far more contingent - than risk theorists generally admit. Topics covered include prostitutes in London; AIDS in Tanzania; the cease-fire in Northern Ireland; the volcanic eruptions in Montserrat; modernisation in Amazonia; and the BSE scare in Britain.
Pat Caplan is Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London.
1. Pat Caplan: Introduction: Risk Revisited 2. Sophie Day: The Politics of Risk among London Prostitutes 3. Janet Bujra: Risk and Trust: Unsafe Sex, Gender and AIDS in Tanzania 4. Alison Shaw: Conflicting Models of Risk: Clinical Genetics and British Pakistanis 5. Penny Vera-Sanso: Risk-talk: the Politics of Risk and its Representation 6. Paul Killworth: a Risky Cease-fire: British Infantry Soldiers and Northern Ireland 7. Jonathan Skinner: The Eruption of Chances Peak: Montserrat, and the Narrative Containment of Risk 8. Pat Caplan: 'Eating British Beef with Confidence': A Consideration of Consumers' Responses to BSE in Britain 9. Simon Cohn: Risk, ambiguity and the loss of control: how people with chronic illness experience complex biomedical causal models 10. Stephen Nugent: Good Risk, Bad risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia Contributors Index