Promoting Risk
Constructing the Earthquake Threat


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Promoting Risk
Constructing the Earthquake Threat

by Robert A. Stallings (Author)



ISBN: 9780202305448


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The risk of a future catastrophic earthquake has never achieved the level of public concern accorded to such issues as crime, health care, economic conditions, or even pornography. This lack of concern might be explained as a function of our inability to control the geophysical processes that produce earthquakes. Yet a sociological theory of risk questions such a direct connection between physical forces and social reality, because human beings, not nature, create beliefs about risks. This examination of one type of risk, the threat of future catastrophic earthquakes, concentrates for the first time on the individuals and actions that result in the creation of risk, that is, the risk promoters and the process of promoting risk. It uses social constructionist theory to study claims-makers, the claims-making process, and the outcome of claims-making activities.</p>


ISBN 202305449
ISBN13 9780202305448
Publisher AldineTransaction
Format Hardback
Publication date 31/12/1995
Pages 248
Weight (grammes) 567
Published in United States
Height (mm) 241
Width (mm) 165