Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Futures: Uncertainty, Displacement, Security

Risk Studies Reading List: General Theories and Introduction to Risk Studies

This list compiles introductory and foundational theoretical works in the field of critical risk studies. While the older works on this list are primarily based in economics and the social sciences, this list also includes newer and more interdisciplinary approaches to risk studies. Further, this list includes works that examine cultural theories and cultural histories of risk.

Beck, U. (1992). Risk society: Towards a new modernity. London: SAGE Publications. 

Berstein, P. (1998). Against the gods: The remarkable story of risk. New York: Wiley.

David, F. N. (1962). Games, gods and gambling: The origin and history of probability and statistical ideas from the earliest times to the Newtonian era. New York: Dover Publications.

Denney, D. (2005). Risk and society. London: SAGE Publications.

Douglas, M. (1992). Risk and blame: Essays in cultural theory. London: Routledge.

Ericson, D., & Doyle, A. (Eds.). (2003). Risk and morality. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Gaspar, M. (2020). A pre-modern cultural history of risk: Imagining the future. New York: Routledge.

Ghosh, B., & Sarkar, B. (Eds.). (2020). The Routledge companion to media and risk. New York: Routledge.

Klüppelberg, C., Straub D., & Welpe I. M. (Eds.). (2014). Risk: A multidisciplinary introduction. New York: Springer International Publishing.

Krimsky, S., & Golding, D. (Eds.). (1992). Social theories of risk. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Luhmann, Niklaus. (1993). Risk: A sociological theory. Berlin, New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Lupton, D. (ed.). (1999). Risk and sociocultural theory: New directions and perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pidgeon, N., Kasperson, R. E., & Slovic, P. (Eds.). (2003). The social amplification of risk. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Reith, Gerda. (1999). The age of chance: Gambling and western culture. London: Routledge.

Slovic, P. (1987). Perception of risk. Science, 236(4799), 280-285.

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