Power, Politics, and Panic in Worst Cases

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:
Power, Politics, and Panic in Worst Cases

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This chapter analyzes risk communication, the problem of panic, the greatest worst case risk that Americans face and the issues of scapegoating and blame. It suggests that politics and social conflict are never far away even in worst cases and even when there is urgent suffering. This chapter examines the conflicts that shape the character of danger and argues that power is exceedingly important in talk about disaster, the production of disaster, responses to disaster, and how people make sense of disasters after they happen.

Keywords: risk communication; panic; worst case risk; scapegoating; blame; politics; social conflict; power

Chapter.  11920 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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