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The meaning of risk-taking – key concepts and dimensions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia. (Risk and Crisis Research Centre)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4992-9123
2017 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Dealing with and taking risks are central issues of current societies which had been characterised by heightened debates and conflicts about risk (Beck, Giddens). Even though there is good knowledge available, policies and strategies to reduce people’s risk-taking are often less successful than expected. Experts are puzzled about common people not following good advice presuming people’s lack of understanding. While this might be true in many cases a growing body of research shows, rather than being merely ignorant or misinformed, people often have good knowledge when taking risks. A growing body of research provides knowledge about the complexities, dynamics and contradictions of people’s risk-taking. However, there have been little attempts to systematise this body of knowledge. This article contributes to such an enterprise. It suggests distinguishing between different motives for risk-taking, different levels of control and a number of ways how reflexivity about risk is rooted in the social realm. It also explores how risk-taking is part of developing and protecting a valued identity. The article concludes, across different domains there is good evidence for how structural and cultural forces combine and shape risk-taking while people take risks to develop a valued identity and to protect it. Advancing expert’s understanding of risk-taking and change people’s risk-taking require considering and approaching the larger social contexts and individual risk practices in everyday life.

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2017.
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identity, Risk-taking, theory
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31919DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2017.1351465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31919DiVA: diva2:1151231
Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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