Chapter 5. Edgework, Risk, and Uncertainty

  1. Jens O. Zinn Senior Research Fellow
  1. Stephen Lyng Professor

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301489.ch5

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

How to Cite

Lyng, S. (2008) Edgework, Risk, and Uncertainty, in Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction (ed J. O. Zinn), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301489.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Author Information

  1. Carthage College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153355

Online ISBN: 9781444301489

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Keywords:

  • edgework, risk, and uncertainty;
  • dangers facing us today - emerging as unanticipated consequences of economic and scientific progress;
  • voluntary risk taking in late modernity;
  • development of edgework concept;
  • second criticism of edgework idea - involving potential bias in concept relating to gender, race, and class differences;
  • theorizing edgework;
  • structural context of voluntary risk taking;
  • conceptualizing foreground of edgework activities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Voluntary Risk Taking in Late Modernity

  • Development of the Edgework Concept

  • Theorizing Edgework

  • The Structural Context of Voluntary Risk Taking

  • Conclusions

  • Further Reading