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Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers By Mary Douglas

Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers
by Mary Douglas

How, then, do people decide which risks to take and which to ignore? On what basis are certain dangers guarded against and others relegated to secondary status? This book explores how we decide what risks to take and which to ignore, both as individuals and as a culture.

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Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers Summary


Can we know the risks we face, now or in the future? No, we cannot; but yes, we must act as if we do. Some dangers are unknown; others are known, but not by us because no one person can know everything. Most people cannot be aware of most dangers at most times. Hence, no one can calculate precisely the total risk to be faced. How, then, do people decide which risks to take and which to ignore? On what basis are certain dangers guarded against and others relegated to secondary status? This book explores how we decide what risks to take and which to ignore, both as individuals and as a culture.

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GOR003785069
Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers
Mary Douglas
Used - Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1992-07-01
224
0520050630
9780520050631
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.