Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society by Arwen P. Mohun

Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society

byArwen P. Mohun

Kobo ebook | December 14, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$61.89 online 
$77.27 list price save 19%

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

"Risk" is a capacious term used to describe the uncertainties that arise from physical, financial, political, and social activities. Practically everything we do carries some level of risk—threats to our bodies, property, and animals. How do we determine when the risk is too high? In considering this question, Arwen P. Mohun offers a thought-provoking study of danger and how people have managed it from pre-industrial and industrial America up until today.

Mohun outlines a vernacular risk culture in early America, one based on ordinary experience and common sense. The rise of factories and machinery eventually led to shocking accidents, which, she explains, risk-management experts and the "gospel of safety" sought to counter. Finally, she examines the simultaneous blossoming of risk-taking as fun and the aggressive regulations that follow from the consumer-products-safety movement.

Risk and society, a rapidly growing area of historical research, interests sociologists, psychologists, and other social scientists. Americans have learned to tame risk in both the workplace and the home. Yet many of us still like amusement park rides that scare the devil out of us; they dare us to take risks.

Title:Risk: Negotiating Safety in American SocietyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 14, 2012Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1421408252

ISBN - 13:9781421408255

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews