Proposal to Create a Cultural Theory of Risk

Thompson, M. & Wildavsky, A. (1982). Proposal to Create a Cultural Theory of Risk. In: Risk Analysis Controversy: An Institutional Perspective. Eds. Kunreuther, H.C. & Ley, E.V., pp. 145-161 Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. ISBN 3540120122

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Risk, though it has some roots in nature, is inevitably subject to social processes. An individual is led to impose cut-off points, not because his eyesight is not good enough but because of the social and cultural institutions that are stabilized and made credible for him by virtue of his social context and its appropriate cosmology. A different individual in a different social context is led to impose on his external world all kinds of risks that have no physical counterpart.

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