Risk, Governance and Society

Communicating Risks to the Public

International Perspectives

Editors: Kasperson, R.E, Stallen, Pieter Jan M. (Eds.)

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Risk communication: the evolution of attempts Risk communication is at once a very new and a very old field of interest. Risk analysis, as Krimsky and Plough (1988:2) point out, dates back at least to the Babylonians in 3200 BC. Cultures have traditionally utilized a host of mecha­ nisms for anticipating, responding to, and communicating about hazards - as in food avoidance, taboos, stigma of persons and places, myths, migration, etc. Throughout history, trade between places has necessitated labelling of containers to indicate their contents. Seals at sites of the ninth century BC Harappan civilization of South Asia record the owner and/or contents of the containers (Hadden, 1986:3). The Pure Food and Drug Act, the first labelling law with national scope in the United States, was passed in 1906. Common law covering the workplace in a number of countries has traditionally required that employers notify workers about significant dangers that they encounter on the job, an obligation formally extended to chronic hazards in the OSHA's Hazard Communication regulation of 1983 in the United States. In this sense, risk communication is probably the oldest way of risk manage­ ment. However, it is only until recently that risk communication has attracted the attention of regulators as an explicit alternative to the by now more common and formal approaches of standard setting, insuring etc. (Baram, 1982).

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  • Risk comparisons and risk communication: Issues and problems in comparing health and environmental risks

    Vincent T. Covello

    Pages 79-124

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  • The role of the media in risk communication

    Judith Lichtenberg, Douglas MacLean

    Pages 157-173

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  • Credibility and trust in risk communication

    Ortwin Renn, Debra Levine

    Pages 175-217

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  • Risk communication and the social amplification of risk

    Ortwin Renn

    Pages 287-324

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  • Risk communication in emergencies

    John Sorensen, Dennis Mileti

    Pages 367-392

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Communicating Risks to the Public
Book Subtitle
International Perspectives
Series Title
Risk, Governance and Society
Series Volume
4
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1952-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1952-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0601-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7372-1
Edition Number
1
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