The ways in which people are used to dealing with risk in everyday life is based on societal values (culture)


According to Cultural Theory, “risks are parts of our shared cultural understandings and practices that were founded on social expectations and responsibilities” (Lupton, 2006, pp. 12-13). Douglas and Wildavsky (Douglas, 1966, 1992; Douglas & Wildavsky, 1982) argued that individual and group views on risk do not reflect an objective reality but societal values and that they carry numerous cultural functions. In other words, the ways in which people experience and deal with risk in everyday life are constructed through cultures.

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