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Anxiety in a 'Risk' Society


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Anxiety in a 'Risk' Society by Iain Wilkinson

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Few would dispute that as individuals we are living at a time of high anxiety and uncertainty in which many of us will experience a crisis of identity at some point of another. At the same time, the daily catalogue of disasters around the globe supplied by the media reminds us that we inhabit a world of crisis, insecurity and hazard. "Anxiety in a Risk Society" looks at the problem of contemporary anxiety from a sociological perspective and highlights its significance for the ways we make sense of risk and uncertainty. It argues that the relationship between anxiety and risk hinges on the nature of anxiety. The author belives that there is much for sociologists to learn from those who have made the condition of anxiety the focus of sociological inquiry a critical vantage point can be gained from which to attempt an answer to the question: Are we more anxious because we are more "risk conscious"? This is an original and thought-provoking contribution to the understanding of late modernity as a risk society.
Release date NZ
April 12th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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