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Worst Cases: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Lee Clarke

in Worst Cases

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226108599
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226108605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226108605.003.0001
Worst Cases: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the so-called worst cases. This volume examines how extreme events happen, how they come to be thought of as worst cases, how projections of the worst cases are built and what the worst cases do. It suggests that looking at the worst case will allow people not only to see what is frightening but what is also enlightening. The central argument of this volume is that worst cases or disaster are normal parts of life, they may be spectacular but they are also prosaic in their cognitive and institutional patterns.

Keywords: worst cases; frightening; enlightening; disasters; cognitive patterns; institutional patters

Chapter.  10051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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