Understanding Risk-Taking

  • Jens O.¬†Zinn

Part of the Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty book series (CRSTRU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 317-370

About this book


This book outlines and systematises findings from a growing body of research that examines the different rationales, dimensions and dynamics of risk-taking in current societies; providing insight into the different motivations and social roots of risk-taking to advance scholarly debates and improve social regulation. 

Conceptually, the book goes beyond common approaches which problematise socially undesirable risk-taking, or highlight the alluring character of risk-taking. Instead, it follows a broadly interpretivist approach and engages in examining motives, control, routinisation, reflexivity, skills, resources, the role of identity in risk-taking and how these are rooted in and framed by different social forces.

Zinn draws on qualitative studies from different theoretical and conceptual backgrounds such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, pragmatism, feminism, class analysis, theory of practice and discourse analysis among others, to outline key distinctions and concepts central to the understanding of risk-taking. 

It will be a key resource for everyone who is concerned with the understanding and management of risk-taking in all kinds of social domains, such as immigration, youth, leisure sports, crime, health, finance, and social policy.


Interpretative research Refexivity Identity Instrumental rationality Voluntary risk taking health studies social work migration

Authors and affiliations

  • Jens O.¬†Zinn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28649-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28650-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7268
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7276
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