publication . Other literature type . Article . 1988

The Social Amplification of Risk: A Conceptual Framework

Kasperson, R. E.; Ortwin Renn; Slovic, P.; Brown, H. S.; Emel, J.; Goble, R.; Kasperson, J. X.; Ratick, S.;
  • Published: 01 Jun 1988
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
One of the most perplexing problems in risk analysis is why some relatively minor risks or risk events, as assessed by technical experts, often elicit strong public concerns and result in substantial impacts upon society and economy. This article sets forth a conceptual framework that seeks to link systematically the technical assessment of risk with psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives of risk perception and risk-related behavior. The main thesis is that hazards interact with psychological, social, institutional, and cultural processes in ways that may amplify or attenuate public responses to the risk or risk event. A structural description of...
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free text keywords: Bürgerbeteiligung , Risikomanagement , Sozialverträglichkeit, 300, Risk assessment, Social perception, Risk analysis (business), Conceptual framework, Public opinion, business.industry, business, Social psychology, Engineering, Cultural group selection, Risk perception, Interpersonal communication
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