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Culture, worldviews, & risk perception (glossary entries)

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Cultural cognition worldviews. A typology of risk-perception predispositions formed by the intersection of two moral orientations—hierarchy-egalitarianism and individualism-communitarianism.  Scales measuring these predispositions figure in empirical inquiries informed by the cultural cognition thesis. [Source: Kahan, in Handbook of Risk Theory: Epistemology, Decision Theory, Ethics and Social Implications of Risk (eds. R. Hillerbrand, P. Sandin, S. Roeser, & M. Peterson), pp. 725-760 (2012). Date added: Jan. 6, 2018.]

Cultural theory of risk. A theory that asserts that individuals can be expected to conform their perception of all manner of risk, along with the efficacy of measures to abate the same, to their worldviews, which are based on Mary Douglas’s “group-grid” typology. [Sources: Douglas, Risk Acceptability According to the Social Sciences (1985); Douglas & Wildavsky, Culture & Risk (1982); Rayner, Cultural Theory and Risk Analysis, in S. Krimsky & D. Golding (Eds.), Social Theories of Risk (Krimsky &Golding eds.) 83-115 (1992). Date added: Jan. 6, 2018.]


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About that antivaxx Facebook study I linked to a few days ago, even though I couldn't find a non-paywall version to read, I found this:

So, they apparently didn't do any base-rate analysis to suggest that women are involved more than would otherwise be expected (for instance, by using some combo of other child-care-interest groups for comparison), which I conclude from this quote: "The gender composition of anti-vaccination movement reflects dominant cultural understandings of parenting.".

January 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

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