In the Chamber of Risks: Understanding Risk Controversies

November 10, 2001|
In the Chamber of Risks: Understanding Risk Controversies by William Leiss
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The essential problem is the failure to recognize that controversies over risks are "normal events" in modern society and as such will be with us for the foreseeable future. Three key propositions define these events: risk management decisions are inherently disputable; public perceptions of risk are legitimate and should be treated as such; the public needs to be intensively involved in the processes of risk evaluation and management. Leiss and his collaborators chronicle these organizational risks in a set of detailed case studies on genetically modified foods, cellular telephones, the notorious fuel additive MMT, pulp mill effluent, nuclear power, toxic substances legislation, tobacco, and the new type of "moral risks" associated with genetics technologies such as cloning. Contributors include Debora L. Van Nijnatten (Sir Wilfred Laurier University), Michael D. Mehta (University of Saskatchewan), Stephen Hill (University of Calgary), Éric Darier (Greenpeace), Greg Paoli (Decisionalysis Risk Consultants, Inc.), and Peter V. Hodson (Queen''s University).
William Leiss, a fellow and past-president of the Royal Society of Canada, is author or senior co-author of ten books including In the Chamber of Risks and, with Douglas Powell, Mad Cows and Mother''s Milk, now in its second edition.
Title:In the Chamber of Risks: Understanding Risk Controversies
Product dimensions:424 pages, 9 X 6.2 X 1.2 in
Shipping dimensions:424 pages, 9 X 6.2 X 1.2 in
Published:November 10, 2001
Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780773522466

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