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  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (February 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226035190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226035192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For much of the twentieth century, industrialized nations addressed social problems, such as workers' compensation benefits and social welfare programs, in terms of spreading risk. But in recent years a new approach has emerged: using risk both as a way to conceive of and address social problems and as an incentive to reduce individual claims on collective resources.

Embracing Risk explores this new approach from a variety of perspectives. The first part of the book focuses on the interplay between risk and insurance in various historical and social contexts. The second part examines how risk is used to govern fields outside the realm of insurance, from extreme sports to policing, mental health institutions, and international law. Offering an original approach to risk, insurance, and responsibility, the provocative and wide-ranging essays in Embracing Risk demonstrate that risk has moved well beyond its origins in the insurance trade to become a central organizing principle of social and cultural life.

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Tom Baker is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and author of The Medical Malpractice Myth, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Jonathan Simon is Associate Dean of Jurisprudence and Social Policy and Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Poor Discioline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass, 1890-1990, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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By PHIL on November 12, 2013
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This book holds risk and its management up in many different lights, historically, culturally, and commercially. One interested in the topic but tired of cramming on various metrics and chunks of dry terminology might find this a refreshing relaxer. There is a variety of contributors, keepiong it fresh from chapter to chapter.
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