1st Edition

Social Contours of Risk
Two volume Set



ISBN 9781844070725
Published April 1, 2005 by Routledge
344 Pages

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We live in a 'risk society' where the identification, distribution and management of risks, from new technology, environmental factors or other sources are crucial to our individual and social existence. In The Social Contours of Risk, Volumes 1 and 2, two of the world's leading and most influential analysts of the social dimensions of risk bring together their most important contributions to this fundamental and wide-ranging field. Volume II centres on the analysis and management of risk in society, in international business and multinationals, and globally. The 'acceptability' of risk to an individual depends on the context, whether the larger society or in, for example, a corporate framework. Their work clarifies the structures and processes for managing risks in the private sector and the factors that produce or impede effective decisions. The authors demonstrate that corporate culture is crucial in determining risk management. They analyse the transfer of corporate risk management systems from industrial to developing countries, and how globalization is spreading and creating new kinds of risk - the combination of traditional and modern hazards presented by climate change, technology transfer and economic growth. They describe the new priorities and capacities needed to deal with these enhanced vulnerabilities around the globe.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Risk and Society: Framing the Issues  Acceptability of Human Risk  Societal Response to Hazards and Major Hazard Events: Comparing Natural and Technological Hazards  Large-scale Nuclear Risk Analysis: Its Impacts and Future  Part 2 Corporations and Risk  Corporate Management of Health and Safety Hazards: Current Practice and Needed Research  Avoiding Future Bhopals  Emergency Planning for Industrial Crises: An Overview  Corporate Culture and Technology Transfer  Industrial Risk Management in India Since Bhopal  Part 3 The Globalization of Risk  Hazards in Developing Countries: Cause for Global Concern  Priorities in Profile: Managing Risks in Developing Countries  Risk and Criticality: Trajectories of Regional Environmental  Assessing the Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Extreme Storms: The Case of Revere, Massachusetts, US  Border Crossings  Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change

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Biography

Jeanne X Kasperson was Research Associate Professor and Research Librarian and Roger E Kasperson is Research Professor and Distinguished Scientist also at Clark University, USA.