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Rationalizing risk

Arguing over safety on the Firth of Forth

Achim Schlüter and Peter Phillimore

This article examines the centrality of 'safety' in Grangemouth's recent politics. Scotland's main petrochemical center is a town dominated for well over fifty years by a major BP complex. In a context of extensive redundancies at BP, new insecurities surrounding the future of the company's Grangemouth site, and a series of recent accidents, as well as controversy over planning applications from other chemical companies, the town has been pushed into unusually searching questioning about both safety and economic security. This article explores the different lines of reasoning and rationalization on risk, safety, and the future advanced by regulators, BP, and residents and their political representatives. We emphasize how important the familiarity of petrochemical technology has been in public responses to the question of safety, in contrast to many environmental risk controversies. And we argue that safety has provided a focus for social, moral, economic, and political perspectives on the town's present circumstances and future prospects to be played out.

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Lam Yee Man

More often than not, risk is the driving force for change in environmental development. For instance, the risk in the 1960s—the degradation of air and water in developed countries—gave rise to environmental movements worldwide in the 1970s. The risk

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Ken MacLean

consequently offers a strategic entry point into perceptions of different classes of risk and the strategies adopted toward managing them. Myanmar is the third most landmine-contaminated country in the world after Afghanistan and Colombia. According to

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Theorizing “The Plunge”

(Queer) Girls’ Adolescence, Risk, and Subjectivity in Blue is the Warmest Color

Michelle Miller

highlight the possibilities of finding life after heartbreak. 3 Each version explores the adolescent girl’s experience of taking risks in forming an adult identity that feels both satisfying and real. Each features a young woman consumed with discovering

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Calm Vessels

Cultural Expectations of Pregnant Women in Qatar

Susie Kilshaw, Daniel Miller, Halima Al Tamimi, Faten El-Taher, Mona Mohsen, Nadia Omar, Stella Major, and Kristina Sole

and Inhorn 2003 ) and, thus, our overall aim was to explore reproductive disruption ( Inhorn 2007 ) in Qatar. However, this article is derived from the first stage of fieldwork, which focused on pregnancy in Qatar. We explored notions of risk as well

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Higher education in the paradigm of speed

Student perspectives on the risks of fast-track degree completion

Laura Louise Sarauw and Simon Ryberg Madsen

order to show the multiple logics that govern student choices and the way they perceive risks to their education and futures, our analysis is framed within theoretical ideas of ‘risk’ as defined by Ulrich Beck and ‘translation’ as explained by Bruno

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Interiority and government of the child

Transparency, risk, and good governance in Indonesia

Jan Newberry

shifts from trauma to risk in theory and global governance exemplify a shift from interiority to exteriority in both conceptions of the self and the state that arose in the developed North Atlantic but have now traveled to Indonesia and other parts of the

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Teppo Eskelinen

avoid financial collapse, implying that the situation was caused by existing risk structures. In this article, I argue that in contemporary capitalism, the ascent of finance as a dominant social force compels us to address specifically the issue of just

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part One

A. Michael Matin

wartime. In terms of methodology, the central aim is to augment means for gauging Le Queux's efficacy as a propagandist by developing and applying to his polemical writings an approach based on recent advances in the study of risk perception. In an earlier

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Risky Environments

Girlhood in a Post-conflict Society

Donna Sharkey

Post-conflict settings often contain high levels of risk for war-affected girls, yet these same settings also support hope for them. In such contexts, what risks exist for girls and how do they construct responses to these risks? is article is based on an ethnographic study which included a cohort of fifteen girls who had been caught up in the decade-long war in Sierra Leone, a war noted for its gender-based viciousness. Having lived through horrific situations, a major task of these girls has been to make meaning of, and respond to, the risks existing within their post-conflict environments. Following an analysis of the current context of the lives of these girls, this article examines the risks the girls face in their daily lives and the strategies they employ as strength-based responses to these risks.