Risk, Affect and Emotion

  • Jens O. Zinn University of Melbourne
Keywords: risk, uncertainty, affect, emotion, economics, psychology, sociology, governmentality, system theory, culture, risk society, reflexive modernisation


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


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Author Biography

Jens O. Zinn, University of Melbourne
Jens O. ZINN, Dr. phil., Dipl.-Soz., is Network Fellow of the ESRC "Social Contexts and Responses to Risk" network. Special interests are on risk theorising, social change, biographical/life course risks and research methodology, recent publication on risk: TAYLOR-GOOBY, P. and ZINN, J. O. (Eds.): Risk in social sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
How to Cite
Zinn, J. O. (2006). Risk, Affect and Emotion. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-7.1.67
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