Social Contours of Risk
Volume II: Risk Analysis, Corporations and the Globalization of Risk
Published April 1st 2005 by Routledge – 376 pages
Series: Earthscan Risk in Society
The Social Contours of Risk Volume I: Publics, Risk Communication and the Social Amplification of Risk We live in a 'risk society' where the identification, distribution and management of risks, from new technology, environmental factors or other sources are crucial to our individual and social existence. In The Social Contours of Risk, Volumes I and II, two of the world's leading and most influential analysts of the social dimensions of risk bring together their most important contributions to this fundamental and wide-ranging field. Volume I collects their fundamental work on how risks are communicated among different publics and stakeholders, including local communities, corporations and the larger society. It analyses the problems of lack of transparency and trust, and explores how even minor effects can be amplified and distorted through media and social responses, preventing effective management. The final section investigates the difficult ethical issues raised by the unequal distribution of risk depending on factors such as wealth, location and genetic inheritance - with examples from worker and public protection, facility-siting conflicts, transporting hazardous waste and widespread impacts such as climate change.
PART 1 - COMMUNICATING RISK AND INVOLVING PUBLICS * Six Propositions on Public Participation and Their Relevance for Risk Communication * Social Distrust as a Factor in Siting Hazardous Facilities and Communicating Risks * Evaluating Risk Communication * Considerations and Principles for Risk Communication for Industrial Accidents * Risk and the Stakeholder Express * PART 2 THE SOCIAL AMPLIFICATION OF RISK * The Social Amplification of Risk: A Conceptual Framework * Hidden Hazards * Media Risk Signals and the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, 1985-1989 * Stigma and the Social Amplification of Risk: Towards a Framework of Analysis * Risk, Trust and Democratic Theory * The Social Amplification of Risk: Assessing 15 Years of Research and Theory * PART 3 RISK AND ETHICS * Responding to the Double Standard of Worker/Public Protection * Developmental and Geographical Equity in Global Environmental Change: A Framework for Analysis * Redirecting the US High-Level Radioactive Waste Programme * Siting Hazardous Facilities: Searching for Effective Institutions and Processes * Climate Change, Vulnerability and Social Justice
Jeanne X Kasperson was Research Associate Professor and Research Librarian and Roger E Kasperson is Research Professor and Distinguished Scientist also at Clark University, USA.