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Thomas D. Beamish

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784429

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784429.001.0001

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Conceptual Footings of Risk and Governance

Conceptual Footings of Risk and Governance

(p.31) Chapter 1 Conceptual Footings of Risk and Governance
Community at Risk

Thomas D. Beamish

Stanford University Press

Chapter 1 explains the theoretical backdrop and analytical framework that organize the book’s analysis. The chapter begins by outlining contemporary conditions in risk society where societal relations among civil society, government, and industry have been transformed in the twenty-first-century United States. In this context, risk and its management at the individual, local, and national levels have become the predominant concerns and bases for “risk dispute.” Chapter 1 also describes how previous scholarship has theorized risk management and risk perception, as well as civic and community engagement and risk dispute. The chapter ends with how Community at Risk contributes to this and related areas of research.

Keywords:   Risk society, risk perception, risk management, civics, civic politics, civic organization, social movements, political-culture, political discourse, community studies

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