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Risk and Risk society in Historical Perspective


Since the mid-1980s “risk” has constituted a sort of banner to which the social sciences have rallied. It has given rise to a whole range of research in the political science, sociology and economics spheres. This paper is a general introduction to a History and Technology special issue which attempt to construct analytical frameworks and research proposals that may contribute to a historization and a denaturalization of risk. This paper considers the role of history in analyzing risks in the fields of science and technology. It aims to show the importance of history in considering risk and the societal mutations to which it gives rise or in which it plays a central role. Ultimately, our aim is to stress the necessity not only to compile a history of “risk”, but also to account for the emergence, development and uses of risk and “risk society”.
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hal-00447423 , version 1 (14-01-2010)


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Soraya Boudia, Nathalie Jas. Risk and Risk society in Historical Perspective. History and Technology, 2007, 23 (4), pp.317-331. ⟨hal-00447423⟩
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