Embracing Risk : The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility

Embracing Risk : The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility

Details

Author(s)
Tom Baker, Professor Jonathan Simon
Format
Paperback | 328 pages
Dimensions
151 x 229 x 19.3mm | 442g
Publication date
12 Mar 2002
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
6 line drawings, 2 tables
ISBN10
0226035190
ISBN13
9780226035192
Bestsellers rank
1,022,320

Description

For much of the twentieth century, industrialized nations addressed social problems, such as workers' compensation benefits and social welfare programs, in terms of spreading risk. But in recent years a new approach has emerged: using risk both as a way to conceive of and address social problems and as an incentive to reduce individual claims on collective resources. Embracing Risk explores this new approach from a variety of perspectives. The first part of the book focuses on the interplay between risk and insurance in various historical and social contexts. The second part examines how risk is used to govern fields outside the realm of insurance, from extreme sports to policing, mental health institutions, and international law. Offering an original approach to risk, insurance, and responsibility, the provocative and wide-ranging essays in Embracing Risk demonstrate that risk has moved well beyond its origins in the insurance trade to become a central organizing principle of social and cultural life.


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