The SAGE Handbook of Risk Communication

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Hyunyi Cho, Torsten Reimer, Katherine A. McComas
SAGE Publications, Oct 29, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 376 pages
In this comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of risk communication, the field’s leading experts summarize theory, current research, and practice in a range of disciplines and describe effective communication approaches for risk situations in diverse contexts, such as health, environment, science, technology, and crisis. Offering practical insights, the contributors consider risk communication in all contexts and applications—interpersonal, organizational, and societal—offering a wider view of risk communication than other volumes. Importantly, the handbook emphasizes the communication side of risk communication, providing integrative knowledge about the models, audiences, messages, and the media and channels necessary for effective risk communication that enables informed judgments and actions regarding risk.

Editors Hyunyi Cho, Torsten Reimer, and Katherine McComas have significantly contributed to the field of risk communication with this important reference work—a must-have for students, scholars, and risk and crisis communication professionals.
 

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Contents

EXPLICATING COMMUNICATION IN RISK COMMUNICATION
1
PART I FOUNDATIONS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
7
SECTION 1 RISK PERCEPTIONS OF INDIVIDUALS
9
CHAPTER 1 RISK PERCEPTION
10
CHAPTER 2 THE CHALLENGE OF THE DESCRIPTIONEXPERIENCE GAP TO THE COMMUNICATION OF RISKS
24
IMPLICATIONS FOR RISK PERCEPTION AND COMMUNICATION
41
SECTION 2 RISK AS SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION
55
CHAPTER 4 SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RISK
56
SECTION 6 RISK COMMUNICATION AND THE MEDIA
207
THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION OF NEWS
208
CHAPTER 15 FRAMING THE MEDIA AND RISK COMMUNICATION IN POLICY DEBATES
216
CHAPTER 16 SOCIAL MEDIA AND RISK COMMUNICATION
228
PART III CONTEXTS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
241
SECTION 7 INTERPERSONAL CONTEXTS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
243
CHAPTER 17 RISK COMMUNICATION IN PROVIDERPATIENT INTERACTIONS
244
CHAPTER 18 INFORMED CONSENT
259

CHAPTER 5 THE ROLE OF NEWS MEDIA IN THE SOCIAL AMPLIFICATION OF RISK
69
CHAPTER 6 RHETORIC OF RISK
86
PART II COMPONENTS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
99
SECTION 3 MODELS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
101
CHAPTER 7 RISK INFORMATION SEEKING AND PROCESSING MODEL
102
CHAPTER 8 THE SOCIETAL RISK REDUCTION MOTIVATION MODEL
117
SECTION 4 AUDIENCES OF RISK COMMUNICATION
133
CHAPTER 9 THE ROLE OF NUMERACY IN RISK COMMUNICATION
134
CHAPTER 10 EDGEWORK AND RISK COMMUNICATION
146
SECTION 5 RISK COMMUNICATION MESSAGES
165
CHAPTER 11 NUMERIC COMMUNICATION OF RISK
166
TOWARD BALANCING ACCURACY AND ACCEPTANCE
180
CHAPTER 13 VISUAL MESSAGING AND RISK COMMUNICATION
193
SECTION 8 ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXTS OF RISK COMMUNICATION
271
CHAPTER 19 RISK COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS
272
CHAPTER 20 CRISIS COMMUNICATION
288
SECTION 9 RISK COMMUNICATION IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
303
CHAPTER 21 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND RISK COMMUNICATION
304
CHAPTER 22 PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN RISKRELATED DECISION MAKING
317
GLOSSARY
330
AUTHOR INDEX
334
SUBJECT INDEX
347
ABOUT THE EDITORS
364
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
365
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Hyunyi Cho (PhD, Michigan State University) is a professor of communication at Ohio State University Her program of research examines the effects of communication on judgments and actions relevant to environmental risk and health risk and the role of messages and the media in social change and behavior change processes.

Torsten Reimer (PhD, Free University of Berlin) is an associate professor of communication and psychology at Purdue University. His research focuses on the role of communication in decision making, with the overarching goal of exploring how communication principles facilitate decision making by guiding information processing and reducing information overload.

Katherine A. McComas (PhD, Cornell University) is a professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Her research focuses on how the processes of risk communication influence people’s attitudes and behaviors, including how the perceived fairness of scientific authorities and risk managers influences individuals’ concern about and acceptance of risk-generating activities.

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