Risk, Affect and Emotion

Jens O. Zinn


For a long time theorising has underestimated the importance of affect and emotion in decision making and the management of risk and uncertainty. In relatively one-sided interpretations emotions were often interpreted as threats for rational decision making, and could be triggered by uncertainties, which would go along with social change. Recent interdisciplinary research has shown the importance to acknowledge the more complex link between reasoning and emotions. The article outlines different perspectives on emotion in risk research of economics, psychology and sociology and argues for further research.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0601293


risk; uncertainty; affect; emotion; economics; psychology; sociology; governmentality; system theory; culture; risk society; reflexive modernisation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-7.1.67

Copyright (c) 2006 Jens O. Zinn

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