Towards a sociology of risk work: a narrative review and synthesis

Gale, Nicola K. and Thomas, Gareth M. and Thwaites, Rachel and Greenfield, Sheila and Brown, Patrick (2016) Towards a sociology of risk work: a narrative review and synthesis. Sociology Compass, 10 (11). pp. 1046-1071. ISSN 1751-9020

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12416

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In this article, we define the concept of “risk work,” which aims to make visible working practices to assess or manage risk, in order to subject these practices to sociological critique. This article reviews and synthesizes existing published literature to identify components of risk work: (a) translating risk into different contexts, (b) minimizing risks in practice, and (c) caring in the context of risk. We argue that these three components of risk work raise important tensions for workers that have been inadequately explored in the literature to date. We propose that future research should additionally focus on practitioner subjectivity and identity in risk work. In addition, we argue that comparative research—across type of risk and different contexts—and methodological and theoretical diversity would enhance this emerging field of research.

Keywords:Risk, Health promotion, health prevention, Health workers
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:16 Nov 2017 14:54

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