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Private Risks and Public Dangers

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Platt, Hilary Thomas, Sue Scott, Gareth Williams


218 pages

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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


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General