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Mission Improbable: Using Fantasy Documents to Tame Disaster
This text examines actual attempts to "prepare" for catastrophes and finds that the policies adopted by corporations and government agencies are fundamentally rhetorical: the plans have no chance toExpand
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Social Organization and Risk: Some Current Controversies
The sociology of risk is fast becoming a recognized field of theory and research. We consider and evaluate the following key issues, debates, and theories in this emerging field: (i) The argumentExpand
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Panic: Myth or Reality?
Images of group panic and collective chaos are ubiquitous in Hollywood movies, mainstream media and the rhetoric of politicians. But, contrary to these popular portrayals, group panic is relativelyExpand
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Elites and Panic: More to Fear than Fear Itself
Attributions of panic are almost exclusively directed at members of the general public. Here, we inquire into the relationships between elites and panic. We review current research and theorizingExpand
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Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination
Al Qaeda detonates a nuclear weapon in Times Square during rush hour, wiping out half of Manhattan and killing 500,000 people. A virulent strain of bird flu jumps to humans in Thailand, sweeps acrossExpand
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Acceptable Risk? Making Decisions in a Toxic Environment.
Creating Risks Organizational Chaos" Beginning Decontamination and Medical Surveillance Constricting the Field of Organizations As Excursus on Resolving Organizational Dilemmas: The CountyExpand
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Facilitation of risk communication during the anthrax attacks of 2001: the organizational backstory.
The anthrax attacks of 2001 created risk communication problems that cannot be fully understood without appreciating the dynamics among organizations. Case studies of communication in New Jersey,Expand
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Sociological Spectrum Mid-South Sociological Association Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information:Expand
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Mistaken Ideas and Their Effects
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