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The many roads to risk communication in Spain

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Abstract:

Risk communication has evolved in the last few years, from the simple issue of how to translate and present quantitative estimates in such a way that they will speak for themselves, to a more complex view of both risk and its public. In this article I focus on the diversity of approaches emerging from different disciplinary fields with an interest in risk and its communication. It is possible to identify common subjects and convergent conceptualizations applied to case studies of both ordinary and extraordinary risks and their communication. As with the international literature, the research performed on risk communication in Spain reflects the power of the communicative turn. I argue that extending the communicative turn in all its potential would contribute to improving integral risk management.

Keywords: governance; public participation; public understanding of science; risk communication; risk research; science studies

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/cjcs.2.2.277_7

Affiliations: Spanish National Research Council CCHS-CSIC.

Publication date: 2010-11-01

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  • The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies (CJCS) is committed to publishing research and theoretical articles in the fields of media studies, popular culture and cinema, public relations and advertising studies, social communication, new media, language uses in the media, communication and cultural policies, social and national identities, gender studies, sports and leisure, tourism and heritage, among other related issues. CJCS publishes double blind peer-reviewed articles and its aims and scope cover not only Catalan media and cultural systems but also other social contexts.
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