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The Constitution and Reconstitution of Risk in Crisis Preparedness and Response Training
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Centre)
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In recent years, education and exercise in societal crisis preparedness and response activities have increasingly proliferated. Thus, we tend to spend an increasing amount of time and resources being prepared for impending but uncertain negative events. Local community representatives, public institutions and organisations within critical infrastructure are expected to hold regular exercises in order to prepare for future potential crises. Likewise, civil sector organisations are utilized to assemble engaged citizens. Voluntary organisations dealing with societal crisis preparedness and response seek new ways to capture and educate the public. At the same time, the contemporary regime in managing societal crises is as cross-sectional and interorganisational collaboration. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the risk of uncertain future events is being constituted and reconstituted in the context of two voluntary organisations dealing with societal crisis preparedness and response. What kinds of risk-categories are members being taught to prepare for, what do these categories actually comprise, and how do members prepare for them? These issues will be explored in an object-oriented approach which draws on Harold Garfinkel´s notion of oriented objects (2003), Stephen Hilgartner´s notion of risk objects (1992), and Susan Leigh Star & James Griesemer´s notion of boundary objects (1989). These different notions of objects share the basic assumption that social objects, like risks, must be mutually oriented, which means that they must be rendered in a mutually intelligible form in order to exist as social objects (Rawls 2008).

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
preparedness, collaboration, risk, uncertainty, objects
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23366DiVA: diva2:761460
Conference
11th European Sociological Association Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change, Torino, Italy, 28-31 August, 2013
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2014-12-03Bibliographically approved

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