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Document ID (ISN)53150
CIS number 90-95
ISSN - Serial title 0304-3894 - Journal of Hazardous Materials
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sharlin H.I.
Title Risk perception: Changing the terms of the debate
Bibliographic information May 1989, Vol.21, No.3, p.261-272. 17 ref.
Abstract Involuntary risk has a new, quite different, meaning today than the term did when used in 1969 by Chauncey Starr. He believed that the public, in its trust in authority, would accept an imposed risk, and he saw the difficulty with involuntary risk as one of delay in feedback time. Today, public trust in authority is at a low ebb, and involuntary risks are more likely to be resented and rejected. Thus, "involuntary risk" represents a different kind of problem in 1989 than it did in 1969. With more historical perspective, differences over risk assessment and risk perception will not be entangled in differences in the meanings of the terms.
Descriptors (primary) safety analysis; risk factors; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) history; theoretical analysis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation