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

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
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:
Patrick BROWN, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oral Presentations
Doctors without Borders: How Trust in the Hierarchy Reduces Frustration
Ludovic JOXE, Université Paris Descartes, France
Between Ignorance and Hope? Actors’ Perceptions of Uncertainties Related to Intellectual Property Regulations in Creative Processes in the Music and Pharma Industry
Sigrid QUACK, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Leonhard DOBUSCH, University of Innsbruck, Austria; Konstantin HONDROS, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Katharina ZANGERLE, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Un/Certainty, Morality and Symbolic Boundaries in Small-Town Germany
Elif ALP-MARENT, University of Tübingen, Germany
Distributed Papers