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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The acerbity of the social : how to include the social in governmental risk assessments
Author Weber, Magnus
Date 2016
English abstract
This paper addresses the expansion of risk practices through a case study of a government led project in Sweden purposed to develop a method to include social events in mandatory risk practices. Social heterogeneity was to be transformed into straightforward causality in order to turn the social into a manageable object. In this regard, the project was quite successful. By inviting social scientists into the process, otherwise often marginalized within risk practice, causality and quantifiable risk factors could be established and the model became a rigorous and legitimate scientific model. Although experts were granted significant autonomy and became experts far beyond their own area of expertise, the success of the model lies rather in allowing experts authority within confined boundaries. Grand narratives and critical perspectives are disregarded as too abstract and if social scientists are to infuse aspects of social critique they must adapt to these circumstances: they must become instrumentalists.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2016.1264449 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Journal of Risk Research;
ISSN 1366-9877
Pages 18
Language eng (iso)
Subject Social risk
Risk governance
Governmentality
Expertise
Risk expansion
Epistemic authority
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22368 Permalink to this page
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