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Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding Public Challenges to Modern Science and Technology (Risk, Society and Policy)

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The benefits of modern technology often involve health, safety and environmental risks that produce public suspicion of technologies and aversion to certain products and substances. Amplified by the pervasive power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can have enormous economic and social impacts, such as the 'stigmatization' experienced in recent years with nuclear power, British beef and genetically modified plants. This volume presents the most current and comprehensive examination of how and why stigma occurs and what the appropriate responses to it should be to inform the public and reduce undesirable impacts. Each form of stigma is thoroughly explored through a range of case studies. Theoretical contributions look at the roles played by government and business, and the crucial impact of the media in forming public attitudes. Stigma is not always misplaced, and the authors discuss the challenges involved in managing risk and reducing the vulnerability of important products, industries and institutions while providing the public with the relevant information they need about risks.

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For all the benefits of modern technology, there is often great public suspicion of, and aversion to, innovations. Amplified by the huge power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can grow into what is now recognized as a new and very significant social phenomenon, the stigmatization of new developments. The economic impact and social consequences can be enormous.

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For all the benefits of modern technology, there is often great public suspicion of, and aversion to, innovations. Amplified by the huge power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can grow into what is now recognized as a new and very significant social phenomenon, the stigmatization of new developments. The economic impact and social consequences can be enormous.This volume presents the current and most comprehensive examination of how and why stigmatization occurs and what the appropriate responses to it are. Stigma can attach to places, such as transport routes for nuclear waste; to products, such as contaminated food; and to technologies or even whole industries. More theoretical contributions look at the parts played by government and business, and the crucial role of the media in forming public attitudes. Stigma is not always misplaced, and the volume discusses the challenges involved in managing it, and reducing the vulnerability of important products, industries and institutions while providing the public with the information they need about risks.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781853837005
Editor:
Flynn, James
Editor:
Slovic, Paul
Editor:
Slovic, Paul
Editor:
Kunreuther, Howard
Editor:
Flynn, James
Author:
Slovic, Paul
Editor:
Kunreuther, Howard
Publisher:
Earthscan Publications
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Risk assessment
Subject:
Risk perception
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Risk, society, and policy series
Series Volume:
TR 2000-089
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.18x6.02x1.21 in. 1.44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , For all the benefits of modern technology, there is often great public suspicion of, and aversion to, innovations. Amplified by the huge power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can grow into what is now recognized as a new and very significant social phenomenon, the stigmatization of new developments. The economic impact and social consequences can be enormous.
"Synopsis" by , For all the benefits of modern technology, there is often great public suspicion of, and aversion to, innovations. Amplified by the huge power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can grow into what is now recognized as a new and very significant social phenomenon, the stigmatization of new developments. The economic impact and social consequences can be enormous.This volume presents the current and most comprehensive examination of how and why stigmatization occurs and what the appropriate responses to it are. Stigma can attach to places, such as transport routes for nuclear waste; to products, such as contaminated food; and to technologies or even whole industries. More theoretical contributions look at the parts played by government and business, and the crucial role of the media in forming public attitudes. Stigma is not always misplaced, and the volume discusses the challenges involved in managing it, and reducing the vulnerability of important products, industries and institutions while providing the public with the information they need about risks.
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