Theoretical Aspects of Risk Perception

Strengths and Weaknesses of approaches to risk perception:

Strengths Weaknesses

Psychology Approach sorting and simplifying biases in comprehension

Sociology Approach each way of life corresponds - constrained & circumscribed

to a specific social structure in their social role

and a particular outlook on - tighter binding of social

risk constraints limits individual


Interdisciplinary Approach - ripple effects (amplification

of risk) which is underestimated

by the traditional risk analysis

- compare responses from - may lead to public distortion

different groups in a single of risk signals


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