Risks, Identities and the Everyday

Risks, Identities and the Everyday

by Jayne Raisborough, Julie Scott Jones

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Risks, Identities and the Everyday focuses on the individual and the lived experience of everyday risks – a departure from the focus on risk from a macro level. The contributors look at risk and how perceptions of risk, risk taking, and risk assessment increasingly dominate our everyday lives and explore it in a variety of settings not previously associated with risk theory, including: plastic surgery, teenage sub-cultures, ageing and independent travel.

The volume moves risk away from abstract theorising about what people may or may not fear about risks, to focus on how it actually materialises and operates in everyday 'real' social interactions and contexts. It also interrogates the rational self at the heart of macro social theories by thinking through the construction of risk choices and the socio-cultural dynamics that 'present' some risks as acceptable, appropriate and necessary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409491002
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr Julie Scott Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Dr Jayne Raisborough is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton, UK.

Julie Scott Jones, Jayne Raisborough, Dawn S. Jones, Lara Killick, David Merryweather, Wendy Laverick, Sal Watt.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: situating risk in the everyday, Julie Scott Jones and Jayne Raisborough; Contexts of choice: the risky business of elective cosmetic surgery, Jayne Raisborough; 'Fearing the worse, hoping for the best': the discursive construction of risk in pregnancy, Dawn S. Jones; P.E. kits, playgrounds and pain: an exploration of children's experiences of risk, pain and injury in sport, Lara Killick; Talking risks: constructing desired masculinities, David Merryweather; Violence, risk and identity: 'doing gender' or negotiation of structural barriers to non-violent alternatives?, Wendy Laverick; 'Get with the programme': human resource management a risky strategy?, Sal Watt; 'Are we there yet?' Negotiating transitions and meaning crisis in young adults, Julie Scott Jones; Index.

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