Collective societies and common values are responsible for collective representations of risk


In a (neo)Durkheimian manner, cultural theory insists that collective representations of risk perform an important integrative function in the maintenance of social solidarity (see Durkheim, 1893/1984, 1912/1995). "Common values lead to common fears", and each form of social life has its "typical risk portfolio" (Douglas & Wildavsky, 1982, p. 8).

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