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Main Title Risk and culture : an essay on the selection of technical and environmental dangers /
Author Douglas, Mary,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Wildavsky, Aaron B.,
Publisher University of California Press,
Year Published 1982
Report Number 81016318
OCLC Number 07947254
ISBN 0520044916; 9780520044913; 0520050630; 9780520050631
Subjects Risk ; Social ecology ; Culture ; Risk-taking (Psychology) ; Environmental policy--United States ; Social Environment ; human ecology ; culture note ; Milieuverontreiniging ; Milieurisico's ; Risk assessment--United States ; Environmental protection--United States--Citizen participation ; Ecology--United States--Public opinion ; Technology assessment--United States ; Pollution--United States--Public opinion ; Nature--Effets de l'homme ; Ć¢Ecologisme
Additional Subjects Risk
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  H91.D68 1982 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 01/01/1988
Collation ix, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction : can we know the risks we face? -- Risks are hidden -- Risks are selected -- Scientists disagree -- Assessment is biased -- The center is complacent -- The border is alarmed -- The border fears for nature -- America is a border country -- The dialogue is political -- Conclusion : risk is a collective construct. The concern of many Americans with dangers to the natural environment is not justified rationally, according to the authors, but results from American cultural biases and the political goals of environmentalists.