Kerry Baker is senior lecturer in criminology at London South Bank University. Assessing and managing risk is a daily challenge for social workers. This article explores the tensions between voluntary risk-taking at the individual level and risk management at the organizational level by analysing aid work as edgework. The first section of the book looks at the difficulty of understanding risk without an emotional component, for example that disaster statistics lack emotion and thus fail to convey the true meaning of disasters and fail to motivate proper action to prevent them. These ideas are part of risk research but they direct how we examine the social world.
This article responds to Judith Green's 2009, p. The current study of risk is dominated by the risk minimisation approach that frames risk and risk-taking as something undesirable that should be avoided as much as possible. Working with risk can be anxiety provoking and demanding, requiring great skill and high levels of confidence. Every risk manager, every risk analyst, every risk researcher must read this book - it is the demarcation point for all further advances in risk policy and risk research. Her examples, however, indicate a range of problems, but less with the concept of risk but rather methodological weaknesses, issues of operationalisation of macro theory and a technical understanding of risk which are altogether problematic not only in the realm of risk but for sociological approach to social reality in general. Table of Contents Figures and Activity Boxes Acknowledgments Chapter One: Understanding Risk Chapter Two: Skills for Risk Assessment Chapter Three: The Art of Decision Making Chapter Four: Risk Planning and Management Chapter Five: Risk and Ethics Chapter Six: Review and Evaluation of Risk Chapter Seven: Managing Self in the Organizational Context Conclusion. Wild, Jim, Exploiting Childhood, 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp.
Attempts to explain risk-taking on the basis of instrumental rationality has also proven its limited power to understand voluntary risk-taking in everyday life and professional practice. . Keshall, Hazel, Wilkinson, Bernadette and Baker, Kerry, Working with Risk, 2013, Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. I will argue that whilst there have been a number of controversies in risk research, these debates have neglected a more fundamental difference. While most approaches can agree on the idea that risk is a possible threat in the future, they conceptualise risk in connection to at least three different core ideas: risk in rational decision-making, risk in calculative-probabilistic calculation and risk as part of a modern worldview. The Feeling of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, to describe the extension of risk perception research into the first decade of this new century.
Welbourne, Penelope and Dixon, John, Child Protection and Child Welfare, 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. Renn provides authoritative guidance on how to manage risks based on a definitive synthesis of the research literature. Instead of questioning risk I point to ways in which sociological risk research can be systematised. Recognising the difficulties presented in the context of busy statutory work, there is a strong focus on practical skills and tips for improving risk management plans. Recognising the difficulties presented in the context of busy statutory work, there is a strong focus on practical skills and tips for improving risk management plans. Even though Green is right to have concerns about narrow approaches to social reality she follows a narrow perspective herself, which is atypical for sociological approaches to risk.
While it might be contested whether the diversity of risk research is a strength or weakness, I suggest that more conceptual work could help to consolidate its basis. Each approach remains incomplete if not considering socio-cultural and socio-structural factors. Robinson, Sally, Preventing the Emotional Abuse and Neglect of People with Intellectual Disability, 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. Oliver, Billie and Pitt, Bob, Engaging Communities and Service Users, 2013, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. Bernadette Wilkinson is an independent trainer and consultant, working with practitioners and managers in youth justice and probation, on issues of assessment, planning and management of risk.
This paper addresses the development of post-disciplinary 'actuarial' or risk-based technologies of power. Welbourne, Penelope and Dixon, John, Child Protection and Child Welfare, 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. We argue that for the discussion and practice of cosmopolitanism to move forward we should shift our attention to the study of multiple ordinary cosmopolitanisms. Contemporary societies have been characterized as risk societies. Depending on assignment and region, people working in the aid industry find themselves in high- or low-risk situations. Oliver, Billie and Pitt, Bob, Engaging Communities and Service Users, 2013, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp.
There are, however, a number of different approaches available, which define the object of research slightly differently. The importance of risk-taking for present day societies might be uncontested; however, explaining the sources or the reasons for risk-taking activities is complex. However, this approach to risk often fails to consider the broader conditions and motivations of risk-taking and to examine why people expose themselves to danger. These understand voluntary risk-taking as rooted in the nature of the human being e. Keshall, Hazel, Wilkinson, Bernadette and Baker, Kerry, Working with Risk, 2013, Polity Press, Cambridge, pp.
The book opens with the context of risk handling before flowing through the core topics of assessment, evaluation, perception, management and communication, culminating in a look at the transition from risk management to risk governance and a glimpse at a new understanding of risk in post modern societies. In particular, she does not clearly distinguish between several levels of analysis such as institutional self representation and everyday practice, the risk society as a specific theory and the sociology of risk and uncertainty as an area of research and risk as an analytical approach and a research object. Bernadette Wilkinson is an independent trainer and consultant, working with practitioners and managers in youth justice and probation, on issues of assessment, planning and management of risk. Carey, Malcolm and Green, Lorraine, Practical Social Work Ethics, 2013, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. Within sociology risk and uncertainty has become a major interest, most notably with the publication of Beck's Risk Society 1992. The paper examines the nature of situational crime prevention in the light of these ideas, and moves on to consider certain broader theoretical implications.