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Risk and 'The Other' - Helene Joffe

Risk and 'The Other'

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521660099
Number Of Pages: 176

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From earthquakes to epidemics, AIDS to industrial accidents, the mass media continually bring into our daily lives the awareness of risk. But how do people respond to this increased awareness? How do people cope with living in what has been termed 'the risk society'? This book attempts to explain how, within a given social and cultural context, individuals make sense of impending crisis. In particular it tries to explain the phenomenon of a widespread sense of personal invulnerability when faced with risk: the 'not me' factor. Using a social psychological framework it highlights emotional factors which are a key component of responses to risk but have hitherto been neglected due to the tendency of much work on risk to concentrate almost exclusively on cognitive processing. This book will appeal to an international audience of post-graduates, academics and researchers in the areas of risk, psychology, sociology, medical anthropology and psychoanalytic studies.

Response to risks: an introduction
Human responses to risks: 'not me', 'the other is to blame'
A study of lay people's response to risk: HIV/AIDS in Britain and South Africa
Evaluating two conventional psychological models of the response to risks
The source of linking risk and 'the other': splitting objects into 'good' and 'bad'
Social representations of risks
Emotional life: a new frontier for social theory
Changing social representations of risks
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ISBN: 9780521660099
ISBN-10: 0521660092
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 13th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.36