A Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty
School of Social and Political Sciences University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
Since risk entered the sociological agenda a number of different theoretical approaches and controversial discussions refer to "risk" as their core object of research. However, many researchers doubt that there is a shared object of research. Environmental sociologists or disaster researchers even claim that they already cover the risk agenda. With this presentation I will try to line out what problems and research questions are in the core of a Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty and how this perspective might differ from other perspectives on risk. It is also an attempt to show how different theoretical approaches contribute to the heterogeneous agenda of sociological theorizing on risk and uncertainty.