Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory

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Taylor & Francis, May 3, 2002 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Risk and danger are culturally conditioned ideas. They are shaped by pressures of social life and accepted notions of accountability. The risk analyses that are increasingly being utilised by politicians, aid programmes and business ignore the insights to be gained from social anthropology which can be applied to modern industrial society.
In this collection of recent essays, Mary Douglas develops a programme for studying risk and blame that follows from ideas originally proposed in Purity and Danger. She suggests how political and cultural bias can be incorporated into the study of risk perception and in the discussion of responsibility in public policy.

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Mary Douglas is retired as a Professor at University College of London. Among her many published works is "Risk and Culture", coauthored with Aaron Wildavsky (California, 1982). Steven Ney is a researcher at the Institute for Technology and Society in Vienna and recently coauthored a chapter in the anthology "Human Choice and Global Change", due out in 1998.

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