Emotions, Trust, Hope and Other Approaches to Coping with Vulnerability amidst Uncertainty

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 46 (Main Building)
TG04 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (host committee)

Language: English

Sociological approaches emphasise that risks do not simply exist, indeed perceptions of “risks” are embedded within various processes of valuing and categorising. In this light risk becomes one way of coping amidst uncertainty but other mechanisms are also applied in everyday life, such as trust and hope. Zinn has developed a spectrum running from the more calculative risk-oriented approaches towards the less calculative, including hope and faith. In between we find further processes such as trust, emotions and heuristics which combine the rational and non-rational.
This session welcomes papers which explore one or more of these different ways in which organisations, groups and individuals attempt to cope with uncertainty. We especially welcome studies which consider various ways in which different processes, risk and hope for example, exist alongside one another; or where, for example, trust and mistrust are experienced concurrently in certain situations.
Session Organizer:
Michael CALNAN, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Dealing with Uncertainty in Precarious Prosperity: Adaption As a Strategy to Improve the Quality of Life
Rebekka SIEBER, University of Neuchâtel, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Risk, Trust and Uncertainty within Two Health Care Systems: Italy and England.
Mike DENT, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom; Emmanuele PAVOLINI, Macerata University, Italy
The Uncertain Possibilities and Necessary Risks in Participatory Visual Communication: Towards an Emergent Ethics of Contestation in Global-Local Policy Spaces
Joanna WHEELER, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, South Africa; Jacqueline SHAW, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom