Grasping the Point of Unfathomable Complexity: The New Media Research and Risk Analysis

Wilkinson, Iain M. (2010) Grasping the Point of Unfathomable Complexity: The New Media Research and Risk Analysis. Journal of Risk Research, 13 (1). pp. 19-28. ISSN 1366-9877. (doi:10.1080/13669870903136175) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper provides a critical review of engagements between the sociology of mass media and risk research. Attention is focused upon the ways in which sociologists and experts in media/communication studies have worked to bring a more socially dynamic and culturally nuanced account of the ways in which people interpret and respond to the content of news media within the field of risk analysis. I argue that, if taken seriously, this endeavour serves more to frustrate than advance the aims and objectives of risk communication. This leads me to question the role played by sociology in the context of risk analysis and to the critical suggestion that sociological reflexivity is bound to disrupt the domain assumptions and pervading ethos of this field.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13669870903136175
Uncontrolled keywords: sociology, psychology, risk analysis, risk communication, audience studies, news media
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 14:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34544 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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