P. The most revered animal was the pangolin, which was deemed poisonous to all except the highest initiates. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan. How institutions think. While markets and hierarchies are portrayed as making rational tradeoffs among the benefits and costs of difficult technological choices, so-called border sectarians are delegitimated at the outset by the authors’ choice of terminology and subsequently taken to task for employing irrational fears about nature and technology to resolve their own organizational problems. (Eds.) Verweij Some, but certainly not all, modern genetic hybrids have been the focus of controversies and as the biotechnology industry expands it seems likely that more candidates will emerge. Individuals simplify their concerns frontstage and seek to give authority to their positions by selecting the features of their concerns that will be treated with felicity: direct harm to themselves or harm to their children. Given the critical role of these beliefs to the viability of each of the organizational forms, it is unlikely that progress can be made on the basis of a reconciliation across competing values. , In the USSR, central control was replaced very rapidly by the democratic institutions that came hand in hand with market reforms, but in the face of the failure of liberalization and the significant financial losses suffered by the middle classes in particular, the project as a whole is at risk. Risk, in contrast, “is invoked to protect individuals against the encroachment of others” (Douglas, 1990, p. 7) and in this sense it is the reciprocal of being in sin. The advice that Douglas and Wildavsky (1983) offered is that “if the center were to ignore the sayings of shaggy prophets, it would close itself to criticism and lose the power of reform” (p. 189). 1988. (Eds. They live in voluntary associations where everyone is equal and the good of the group comes before the good of any individual. L. & Fatalists experience high grid and low group. Selle Risk acceptability according to the social sciences. The modern concept of risk…is part of the system of thought that upholds the type of individualist culture, which sustains an expanding industrial system. (1998). The second argument suggests that society is simply competitive field for organizations seeking resources and political influence. M. The function is to attribute an act that transgresses moral norms with foreseeable yet undesired consequences. (Allport, 1954 [1975], p. 259). Risk becomes politicised not simply because it is a threat to life but because it is a threat to ways of life. Rationalizing environmental responsibilities. One must question whether the strength of association between proximal variables is simply an effect of autocorrelation, since the two variables may simply reflect the same underlying attitude or belief. Along similar lines Thompson argued that instead of concentrating on modeling risks we ought to focus on “enhancing security” by “covering all the bases.” In other words, it is important to ensure that the full repertoire of management styles is available. Risk: Health, safety and environment, 9(2), 137–152. The modern secular and rational polity establishes the conditions under which utterances will be treated with felicity and given authority. Health Rather than ask how a risk comes to be magnified or how risk perceptions are influenced by heuristics, irrationality or pure emotion, this approach asks indirect questions: At whom is the finger of blame being pointed? The typology is presented in the second half of this chapter in the context of this wider literature. Leroy, P. Boholm, A. We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. London: Routledge. Trust hinged on whether the affected parties were satisfied that the institutions responsible for the commissioning, design, implementation, management, and regulation of the technology (including arrangements for consent and liability) are appropriate and adequate. Almost without exception, attempts to understand human behavior related to technological risk assume that it is a response which follows from an external event, an activity, or a statement of the probability and consequences of an activity. Hood recognised that the categories define each other in opposition to one another and hence, paradoxically, are mutually dependent. Risk and Culture was, in part, a polemic against the environmental movement, which Douglas and Wildavsky saw as sharing the worldview and social organization of religious cults. 83–116). Covello, V.T. London: University of Chicago Press. The act of attribution is also a sense-making activity. M. 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