"Editorial Introduction: Risk, Culture and Social Theory in Comparative Perspective"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Cohen, Maurie J. “Editorial Introduction: Risk, Culture and Social Theory in Comparative Perspective.” Environmental Values 8, no. 2 (1999): 127–34. doi:10.3197/096327199129341752.

This special issue brings together contributions from nine scholars who have been working at the frontiers of the comparative study of risk. Most of the papers that follow use a cross-national approach to investigate public attitudes to risk in a broad range of settings including Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, and the United States. Two of the authors represented here adopt more creative interpretations for carrying out comparative studies that reach considerably beyond conventional methodologies of country-level contrasts. One contributor highlights the temporal dimensions of novel forms of environmental uncertainty and a second selection, grounded in the sociology of language, compares the different objectives that lay people seek to satisfy when they speak about risk. In this sense, this issue provides a farrago of perspectives on the most befitting way to exploit the utility of comparative methodologies.
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