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

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External organisations

  • Cardiff University
  • UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM

Abstract

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 in the field of health to identify components of risk work: 1) translating risk into different contexts; 2) minimizing risks in practice, and; 3) 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.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1071
JournalSociology Compass
Volume10
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • management , occupations , organizations , risk science and medicine , subjects , work