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Extraordinary Risks, Ordinary Lives, Logics of Precariousness in Everyday Contexts, edited by Beata Świtek, Allen Abramson, Hannah Swee

This book untangles the relationship between expert categorisations of risk and the on-the-ground experiences of untrained 'ordinary' people who may be routinely subjected to significant danger in a variety of extraordinary contexts. It considers political, ethical and moral dimensions of risk and calls for more targeted ethnographic research, designed to reveal how grass-roots risk dispositions and practice intersect with official discourses, individual agency and community resilience. Beata Świtek is Assistant Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Allen Abramson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University College London, UK. Hannah Swee is a climate and capacity building specialist for the United Nations.--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Ordinary life, extraordinary risk: On the normalisation of significant risk-taking in precarious contexts -- Part I. Self-Constitution: Defiance, endurance and choice -- Chapter 2. 'Knowing how to walk': Risk, violence and practices of endurance in urban Brazil -- Chapter 3. Risk negotiations in the mines of Potosí: Implications for rethinking current Health and Safety approaches -- Chapter 4. Regenerative medicine, unproven therapies and the framing of clinical risk -- Chapter 5. Commentary: Clear and present danger: Dodging and dealing with risk and uncertainty in everyday life -- Part II. Shifting dangers: Macro and micro politics of risk -- Chapter 6. 'Keeping the conversation going': Understanding risk in a context of escalating conflict in Syria -- Chapter 7. The Edgeworker's Habitus: Climbing and Ordinary Risks -- Chapter 8. Commentary: Action, edgework, and the situated logics of risk -- Part III. Environmental threat and cultural possibility: Risk and the contemporary city -- Chapter 9. 'Asılmak tehlikeli ve yasaktır': Unintelligible mobility and uncertain manhood in Istanbul's Old City -- Chapter 10. Ordinary life in the shadow of Vesuvius: Surviving the announced catastrophe -- Chapter 11. Keeping disasters under control: Anticipation, cyclones and responses to uncertainty -- Chapter 12. Commentary: Interpretive risk ethnography as a means of understanding risk problems: Encounters with the ordinary-extraordinary and what comes after?
Literary form
non fiction
1st ed. 2022.
Physical description
1 online resource (XVII, 336 pages), 18 illustrations, 16 illustrations in color.
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