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Handbook on Risk and Inequality

9781788972253 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Dean Curran, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, Canada
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 225 3 Extent: c 304 pp
This unique Handbook charts shifts in the relationship between risks and inequalities over the last few decades, analysing how inequalities shape risk and how risks condition and intensify inequalities. Expert contributors examine the impacts of environmental, financial, social, urban, economic, and digital risks on inequalities, at both national and global levels.

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This unique Handbook charts shifts in the relationship between risks and inequalities over the last few decades, analysing how inequalities shape risk and how risks condition and intensify inequalities. Expert contributors examine the impacts of environmental, financial, social, urban, economic, and digital risks on inequalities, at both national and global levels.

Identifying how the rise of novel risk formations is associated with changes in contemporary political economies, chapters explore new areas of research including the new urban crisis, the gendered impacts of precarious labour, and social inequality in relation to agro-biotechnology. Contributing to an underdeveloped area of research, the Handbook breaks new ground to explore how tackling important issues via the prism of risk and inequality can provide novel insights, that solely focusing on only one or the other of these issues cannot.

This Handbook will be critical reading for scholars and students of sociology, sociological theory, geography and political science. Its exploration of shifts in contemporary socially produced risks will also be beneficial for practitioners, economists and policy makers in these areas.
Critical Acclaim
‘A timely examination of the intersection of risks and inequalities in our “world at risk”, this Handbook brings together innovative theoretical analysis and significant empirical insights. It wholly fulfils its promise to address a gap in the current debate and to delineate novel approaches for understanding the effects of man-made risks across groups, domains, and societies.’
– Maria Grazia Galantino, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Contributors
Contributors include: Steven Bittle, Elizabeth Cameron, David Champagne, Dean Curran, Thibault Darcillon, Md Saidul Islam, Katarina Giritli Nygren, Susanna Öhman, Anna Olofsson, David N. Pellow, Klaus Rasborg, Philipp Rehm, Aleena Shafique, Laureen Snider, David Tyfield, Philip Walsh, Patrick G. Watson, Joy Y. Zhang, Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar
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Contents:

Preface xiii
1 Introduction to the Handbook on Risk and Inequality 1
Dean Curran

PART I DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS OF RISK
2 Finance, risk, and inequality 17
Thibault Darcillon
3 Dimensions of risk and environmental inequality 39
David N. Pellow
4 Risk and (welfare state) politics 53
Philipp Rehm
5 Changing risks, individualisation and inequality in a recast welfare state 70
Klaus Rasborg
6 Digital risk and inequality 88
Elizabeth Cameron and Dean Curran

PART II THEORIZING RISKS AND INEQUALITY
7 Actor, structure and inequality: an intersectional perspective of risk 107
Katarina Giritli Nygren, Anna Olofsson and Susanna Öhman
8 Risk and new realities: social ontology, expertise and individualization
in the risk society 128
Philip Walsh
9 Corporations, class and the normalization of risk 143
Laureen Snider and Steven Bittle
10 Risk and trust: ethnomethodological orientations to risk theorizing 163
Patrick G. Watson

PART III SPECIAL TOPICS AND NEW AREAS OF RESEARCH
11 Inequality rising: the gendered impacts of precarious labor and financialization 179
Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar and Aleena Shafique
12 Beyond the spirit of the new urban crisis: risk-class and resonance 194
David Tyfield
13 Science, food, and risk: ecological disasters and social inequality under
the GMO regime 233
Md Saidul Islam
14 Risk society and epistemic inequality: rising voices from the ‘Global
South’ in global governance 247
Joy Y. Zhang
15 The political economy of climate vulnerability: searching for common
ground in a retrotopian world 261
David Champagne

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