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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

Social Theories of Risk and the Environment1
Social Theories of Risk and the Environment
Ortwin Renn
Introduction

Risk has been a focal topic of many disciplines, professional activities and practical actions. Areas in which risks are being addressed range from natural hazards, technological threats, working conditions, ambient health impacts, crime, terrorism and pollution to leisure activities. It is the purpose of this article to review the variety of concepts of risk in the social sciences with special emphasis on environmental risks.

All concepts of risk have one element in common: the capability of humans to anticipate the consequences of events or human activities and take actions to protect themselves against potential negative outcomes (Urbano, 2015, p. 3). Philosophers call this ability of humans to anticipate virtual ‘futures’ contingencies. ...

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