An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 31–November 4,1988. Critical comments by Roger Kasperson, James F. Short, Jr., and Chip Clarke improved this manuscript considerably. Partial funding was provided by the Safety Division of the National Park Service.
Desired Risk: Broadening the Social Amplification of Risk Framework1
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2006
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 161–168, March 1990
How to Cite
Machlis, G. E. and Rosa, E. A. (1990), Desired Risk: Broadening the Social Amplification of Risk Framework. Risk Analysis, 10: 161–168. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.1990.tb01030.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2006
- Received February 1, 1989; revised June 28, 1989
- Desired risk;
- social amplification framework;
- risk recreation
Recently Kasperson et al.(6) have proposed a conceptual framework, “The Social Amplification of Risk,” as a beginning step in developing a comprehensive theory of public experience of risk. A central goal of their effort is to systematically link technical assessments of risk with the growing findings from social scientific research. A key and growing domain of public risk experience is “desired” risk, but this is virtually neglected in the framework. This paper evaluates the scope of the “Social Amplification of Risk Framework,” asking whether it is applicable to desired risks, such as risk recreation (hang gliding, mountain climbing, and so forth). The analysis is supportive of the framework's applicability to the domain of desired risk.