Culture of fear revisited: risk-taking and the morality of by Frank Füredi

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This new and original way of framing the term is so pervasive that it is easy to overlook the fact that it is only recently that risk has been thought of in this way. To be at risk is an ambiguous concept. It is used to denote certain types of people who are particularly vulnerable to a hazard. Children who are at risk are usually associated with a particular lifestyle. It also represents a statement about human beings. Their range of options and their future are circumscribed by the variety of risk factors that affect them.

The statement 'It wasn't my fault' conveys a refusal to take responsibility for the disagreeable experiences that afflict our lives. That is why people who trip and fall on the pavement feel that they are entitled to sue their local authority for compensation. As the BMJ editorial argues - this was not an accident. 2. Safety as an end in itself No one likes accidental injuries. In every area of life people are continually confronted with the need to weigh up the benefits associated 12 WHAT is DISTINCT ABOUT THE WAY WE FEAR?

22 In contrast to the representation of the flood in 2000, during the 1950s, reports continually valorized the response of the community. Individual stories of human suffering were rare. 23 At all levels of society, the informal community networks that emerged in the course of the disaster were seen as the heroes of the hour. For many flood victims, it was the response of neighbours and other community members that gave them the strength to cope with their perilous circumstances. Christopher Manser from Canvey Island, who lost three of his siblings, recalls 'the warmth generated by the spontaneous reaction of local people to the need for clothes'.

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