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Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arg

Child Organ Stealing Stories: Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies
Child organ stealing stories: Risk, rumour and reproductive technologies

The United States Information Agency's (USIA) Program Officer for Countering Misinformation and Disinformation is charged with responding to false stories considered to pose a risk of some kind to the United States and its citizens. The Program Officer, Todd Leventhal, estimates that he has spent 80% of his nine post-Cold War years in office countering a single rumour: the ‘child organ stealing’ or ‘baby parts’ rumour (Leventhal, 1995a). The child organ stealing rumour is a story about Latin American, Korean, and other children being kidnapped for organ harvesting. In its many different versions, the kidneys, corneas, liver, or heart are removed from the stolen child and sold in a ...

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