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Risk and Blame

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clay dawson

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of Risk and Blame

"Risk perceptions can be engineered by interest groups (politicians), elites (such as thos ewho worry about anti-social elements targeting the wealthy)..." p. 121
- Helps push policies of stricter moral policing
- Moral panic can be used to maintain the social environment Risk is "not exclusively engineered" p. 122
engineered "idealogical manipulation" would not work without an underlying fear or anxiety. (i.e fear of Muslim terrorists used for fear of Islam in general)
-builds on moral trends of fear The other side of risk: Blame or scapegoating

-construction of identifiable villains and causal factors
-"scapegoating is a mechanism within risk discourse where the society is rid of its dangerous, unwanted or inpure elements." p 122

"...the grammar of G W Bush in his speach, in the same way that he used the Islamic-terrorist-as-other for post-911 surveillance, war, and excessive militarization of the middle east p. 122 Paradox of Scapegoating:

"... while elites engineering moral panics claim evidence for the material link between particular groups and chaos, they are actually appealing to sentiments and emotions." p. 124

- More evidence of how risk culture requires existing cultural sentiments of fear or anxiety
The "Expert" is also to blame
- we rely upon expert opinion (even for ads)
because "the discourse of risk is tightly regulated by an institution."
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