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Relative Risk

Measuring Kinship for Future Health in US Genetic Counseling

Anna Jabloner

In genetic counseling, a medical profession that focuses on inherited diseases, kinship is key to the identification of health risks. By eliciting family histories of disease, and in combination with genetic tests and information about patients

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Uncertainty, Risk, and Merit-Making

Tea Economy and Religious Practices in a Southern Yunnan Bulang Community

Zhen Ma

period of self-contained swidden agriculture. However, with prosperity, the market also brought risks, confirming Ulrich Beck's (1992: 19) observation that “the social production of wealth is systematically accompanied by the social production of

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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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Is Risk a Drive for Change? Pollution and Risk Displacement in 1970s to 1980s Hong Kong

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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Humanitarian mine action in Myanmar and the reterritorialization of risk

Ken MacLean

landmines 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

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Postcolonial Finance

The Political History of ‘Risk-Versus-Reward’ Investment in Emerging Markets

Cecilia Schultz

politicians, crony networks, and inadequate regulatory bodies create a distorted image of emerging market credit risk. Hallam (2015) claims to counter the conventional wisdom in investment discourse which postulates that, despite presenting a higher risk 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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The Lottery and the Middle Class

Navigating the Boundaries of Risk-Taking and Class-Making in Istanbul

Wesam Hassan

or taking out bank loans. Since she was under a lot of pressure to avoid debt, she did not take financial risks. Cansu is one of the participants in my research examining state-regulated games of chance in Turkey. I conducted 18-month ethnographic

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Precarious Girls and (Cruel) Optimism

Protecting Sexually Abused Teenage Girls

Rosemary R. Carlton

We have to empower them to feel that they're not at risk, to make them feel that they can do better. The world is their oyster and is just waiting for them! Corrine 1 (child protection services (CPS) professional) Introduction Corrine