Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

Projektseminar by and with Dr. Vanessa Dirksen

Literature

I. Concepts of risk and uncertainty.

Beck, U. (1992) Modern Society as a Risk Society?, in N. Stehr and R.V. Ericson (eds.), The Culture and Power of Knowledge: Inquiries into Contemporary Societies, pp. 199-214. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. (for original version, see: Riskikogesellschaft: Auf Dem Weg in eine andere Moderne, 1986)

Giddens, A. (1999) Risk and Responsibility, Modern Law Review 62 (1): 1-10.

Bonß, W. (1995) Uncertainties und ihre Einschätzung & Die geselschaftliche Konstruktion von Unsicherheit, in Vom Risiko: Unsicherheit und Ungewissheit in der Moderne, pp. 37-49. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition

II. Qualitative approaches in risk research and research design

Flick, U. (2009) How to Design Qualitative Research, in An Introduction to Qualitative Research (edition 4), pp. 127-146. Los Angeles: Sage (also available in German)

Blaikie, N. (2000) Designing Social Research: The Logic of Anticipation, p. 35-57. Cambridge, UK: Malden, MA: Polity Press.

I. Risk and governmentality

Lupton, D., (1999) Risk and Governmentality, in Risk, pp. 84-102. London: Routledge.

Levitas, R. (2000) Discourses of Risk and Utopia, in B. Adam and U. Beck (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond, pp. 198-20. London: Sage.

II. How to study risk discursively?

Keller, R. (2007) Diskursforschung: eine Einführung für SozialwissenschaftlerInnen, pp. pp. 79-89; 93-108. Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwiss.

Gill, R. (2000) Discourse Analysis, in Martin W. Bauer and George Gaskell (eds.), Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound: A Practical Handbook, pp. 172- 190. London: Sage.

I. Risk and culture

Douglas, M. (1992) Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory, pp. 1-21. London: Routledge.

Tulloch, J and Lupton, D. (2003) Researching Risk and Everyday Life, Risk in Everyday Life, pp. 1-10. London: Sage

II. How to study risk culturally?

Kvale, S. (2007) Conducting an Interview, in Doing Interviews, pp. 51-66. London: Sage.

Helfferich, C. (2004) Die Qualität Qualitativer Daten: Manual für die Durchführung Qualitativer Interviews: Lehrbuch, pp. 90-100. Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwiss.

Empirical work on risk perception.

Gaskell, G., Alum, N., Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Torgersen, H., Hampel, J. and J. Bardes (2004) GM Foods and the Misperception of Risk Perfection, Risk Analysis 24: 185-94.

Gorin, S.S. and S.M. Albert (2003) The Meaning of Risk to First Degree Relatives of Women with Breast Cancer, Women and Health 37: 97-117.

Gustafson, P.E. (1998) Gender Differences in Risk Perception: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives, Risk Analysis 18 (6).

Raithatha, N., Holland, R., Gerrard, S. and I. Harvey (2003) A Qualitative Investigation of Vaccine Risk perception amongst Parents who Immunize their Children: A Matter of Public Health Concern, Journal of Public Health Medicine 35: 161-4.

Sullivan-Taylor, B. and Wilson, D.C. (2009) Managing the Threat of Terrorism in British Travel and Leisure Organizations, Organisation Studies 30 (2-3): 251-276.

Zinn, J.O. (2010) The Biographical Management of Risk and Uncertainty: British Veterans, in Forum: Qualitative Social Research 11 (1), article 10.

I. Science and technology as both cause and solution

Beck (1992) Science beyond truth and Enlightenment?, in Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, pp. 155-182. London: Sage. (also available in German)

Star, S. L. (1985) Scientific Work and Uncertainty, Social Studies of Science 15 (3): 391- 427.

II. Research questions and the use of the literature

Flick, U. (2007) From an Idea to a Research Question, in Designing Qualitative Research, pp. 16-24. Los Angeles: Sage.

Flick, U. (2009) Making Use of the Literature in Qualitative Research, in An Introduction to Qualitative Research (edition 4), pp. 47-55. Los Angeles: Sage

Blaikie, N. (2000) Designing Social Research: The Logic of Anticipation, pp. 58-84; 85-128. Cambridge, UK: Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Becker, H. (1986) Terrorized by the Literature, in Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, pp. 135-149. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

I. Risk and objectivity (knowledge cultures and bounded rationality)

Feldman, S.P. (2004) The Culture of Objectivity: Quantification, Uncertainty, and the Evaluation of Risk at NASA, Human Relations 57: 691-718.

Schimank, U. (1992) Science as a Societal Risk Producer: A General Model of Intersystemic Dynamics, and some Specific Institutional Determinants of Research Behavior, in N. Stehr and R.V. Ericson (eds.), The Culture and Power of Knowledge: Inquiries into Contemporary Societies, pp. 215-233. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Rationality, objectivity:

Miller, K. (2009) How Modernist Assumptions Have Shaped Organizational Risk Research, in Organizational Risk after Modernism, Organization Studies 30 (2/3): 158-164.

Bernstein, P.L (1996) Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. New York: Wiley (chapters 12 to 19, on the history of the modernist take on risk)

II. Observation

Flick, U. (2009) Observation and Ethnography, in An Introduction to Qualitative Research (edition 4), pp. 222-238. Los Angeles: Sage (also available in German)

Inside calculation and modeling

Probability: Prior, L., (2000) Mathematics, Risk and Genetics, in B. Adam, U. Beck and J. Van Loon (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, pp. 106- 109. London: Sage.

Bonß, W. (1995) Risiko und Wissenschaft, in Vom Risiko: Unsicherheit und Ungewissheit in der Moderne, pp. 252-290. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition

Modelling and simulation: Lenhard, J. (2009) The Great Deluge: Simulation Modelling and Scientific Understanding, in H.W. de Regt, S. Leonelli and K. Eigner (eds), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives, pp. 169-186. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Morgan, M.S. and Morrison, M. (eds.) (1999) Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shackley, S. (2001) Epistemic Lifestyles in Climate Change, in C. Miller and P.N. Edwards (eds.), Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance, pp. 107-134. Cambridge: MIT Press.

I. Risk and subjectivity (changing modes of risk assessment)

Expert vs. lay knowledge: Irwin, A. (1995) Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise and Sustainable Development, pp. 105-134. London: Routledge

Sunstein, (2002) Are Experts Wrong?, in Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment, pp. 53-75. Cambridge University Press.

Non-knowing: Wehling, P. (2001) Jenseits des Wissen? Wissenschaftliches Nichtwissen aus soziologischer Perspektive, Zeitschift für Soziologie, 30: 465-484.

Beck, U. (2009) Knowledge or Non-Knowing? Two Perspectives of Reflexive Modernization, in World at Risk, pp. 115-128. Cambridge: Polity Press. (German original version, in Weltrisikogesellschaft, 2007)

I. Organization and risk (risk management)

Power, M. (2007) Organized Uncertainty: Designing a World of Risk Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Czarniawska, B. (2009) Organizing in the Face of Risk and Threat. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

II. Film: The Corporation (Achbar, 2001)

I. Risk discourses and the role of the media

Van Loon, J. (2000) Virtual Risks in an Ages of Cybernetic Reproduction, in B. Adam and U. Beck (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond, pp. 165-182. London: Sage.

II. Research work

Cotter, C. (2001) Discourse and the Media, in Schiffrin et al (eds.), The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, pp. 416-436. Malden: Blackwell Publishers

Irwin, A., S. Allan and I. Welsh (2000) Nuclear Risks: Three Problematics, in B. Adam, U. Beck and J. Van Loon (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, pp. 87- 93. London: Sage.

I. Health and technology (genetic testing)

Beck-Gernsheim, E. (2000) Health and Responsibility, in B. Adam, U. Beck and J. Van Loon (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, pp. 122-135. London: Sage.

Lupton, D., (1995) The Imperative of Health: Public Health and the Regulated Body. London: Sage Publications.

I. Financial risks and ‘fortune telling’

Rebonato, R. (2007) Plight of the Fortune Tellers: Why we Need to Manage Financial Risk Differently. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Boden, D. (2000) Worlds in Action: Information, Instantaneity and Global Futures Trading, in B. Adam, U. Beck and J. Van Loon (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, pp. 183-197. London: Sage.

Baecker, D. (1991) Womit Handeln Banken? Eine Untersuchung zur Risikoverarbeitung in der Wirtschaft. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp

I. The politics of fear and the case of terrorism

Scott, A. (2000) Risk Society or Angst Society?, in B. Adam, U. Beck and J. Van Loon (eds.), The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, pp. 33-46. London: Sage.

Furedi, F. (2002) The Culture of Fear, pp. 15-45. London: Continuum.

Tulloch, J. (1999) Fear of Crime and the Media: Sociocultural Theories of Risk, in D. Lupton (ed.), Risk and Sociocultural Theory: New Directions and Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Sven M. Giersig
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My research interests include sociology, ethnography and programmable matter.

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