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1st Edition

Private Risks and Public Dangers

ISBN 9780815348719
Published June 2, 2020 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Private Risk and Public Dangers is comprised of a collection of chapters which were originally papers presented in the 1991 British Sociological Association Conference on Health and Society, and they address a range of private risks and public dangers. Issues covered vary from the response to HIV and AIDS and ‘foetal alcohol syndrome’ to the nature of accidents. These seemingly diverse social situations within which emerges is that we need a more sociologically informed understanding of the personal shading the public dangers they are expected to manage.

Table of Contents

About the editors

Notes on contributors


Foreword, Ronald Frankenberg

1. Introduction, Sue Scott and Gareth Williams

2. Health and Social Body, Gavin Kendall and Gary Wickham

3. Some Problems in the Development of a Sociology of Accidents, Judy Green

4. The Idea of Prevention: A Critical Review, Richard Freedman

5. Health, Harm or Happy Families? Knowledge of Incest in Twentieth Century Parliamentary Debates, Vikki Bell

6. The Gaze of the Counsellors: Discourses of Intervention in Marriage, David Clark and David Morgan

7. ‘To Hell with Tomorrow’: Coronary Heart Disease Risk and the Ethnography of Fatalism, Charlie Davidson, Stephen Frankel and George Davey Smith

8. More Medicalizing of Mothers: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the USA and Related Developments, Maureen McNeil and Jacquelyn Litt

9. ‘What’s Your Excuse for Relapsing?’: A Critique of Recent Sexual Behaviour Studies of Gay Men, Graham Hart, Ray Fitzpatrick, Jill Dawson, John McLean and Mary Boulton

10. Quo Vadis the Special Hospitals?, Joel Richman and Tom Mason

11. The Social Relations of HIV Testing Technology, Evan Willis

12. Safety as a Social Value, Helen Roberts, Susan J Smith and Michelle Lloyd


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