Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Editor(s): Jens O. Zinn

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405153355

Online ISBN: 9781444301489

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301489

About this Book

Written by leading experts in the field, Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty is an introduction to mainstream theorizing on risk and uncertainty in sociology.


  • Provides an overview of the historical developments and conceptual aspects of risk
  • Identifies why theorizing on risk is necessary and highlights specific sociological contributions to this field of research
  • Explores key topics including risk society and reflexive modernization, culture and risk, governmentality and risk, systems theory and risk, and edgework and voluntary risk taking
  • Offers a comprehensive look at the promises, pitfalls, and perspectives of risk theorizing

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