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Embracing Risk : The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility - Tom Baker

Embracing Risk

The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility

By: Tom Baker (Editor), Professor Jonathan Simon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780226035192
Number Of Pages: 328

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For much of the twentieth century, industrialized nations addressed social problems, such as workers' compensation benefits and social welfare programs, in terms of spreading risk. But in recent years a new approach has emerged: using risk both as a way to conceive of and address social problems and as an incentive to reduce individual claims on collective resources.
"Embracing Risk" explores this new approach from a variety of perspectives. The first part of the book focuses on the interplay between risk and insurance in various historical and social contexts. The second part examines how risk is used to govern fields outside the realm of insurance, from extreme sports to policing, mental health institutions, and international law. Offering an original approach to risk, insurance, and responsibility, the provocative and wide-ranging essays in "Embracing Risk" demonstrate that risk has moved well beyond its origins in the insurance trade to become a central organizing principle of social and cultural life.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Contributorsp. ix
Embracing Riskp. 1
Toward a Sociology of Insurance and Riskp. 27
Risk, Insurance, and the Social Construction of Responsibilityp. 33
Beyond Moral Hazard: Insurance as Moral Opportunityp. 52
Embracing Fatality through Life Insurance in Eighteenth-Century Englandp. 80
Imagining Insurance: Risk, Thrift, and Life Insurance in Britainp. 97
Insuring More, Ensuring Less: The Costs and Benefits of Private Regulation through Insurancep. 116
Rhetoric of Risk and the Redistribution of Social Insurancep. 146
Risk(s) beyond Insurancep. 171
Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societiesp. 177
At Risk of Madnessp. 209
The Policing of Riskp. 238
The Return of Descartes's Malicious Demon: An Outline of a Philosophy of Precautionp. 273
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780226035192
ISBN-10: 0226035190
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.1  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Type: New edition