Extraordinary Risks, Ordinary Lives

Logics of Precariousness in Everyday Contexts

“This collection of essays provides a wonderful insight into the very ordinary way that us, human beings engage with risk in everyday life. Often overlooked, this important book, captures a key dimension of the lived experience of living with risk.” (Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, UK)

“Through detailed ethnographic investigations, the contributors to this intriguing volume reveal what life is like for people and communities who regularly face extreme threats. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about what it is like to regularly face ordeals such as violence, conflict and occupational hazards or deliberately seek out danger as part of leisure pursuits.” (Deborah Lupton, SHARP Professor, Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW, Australia)

“This timely collection seeks to transcend the usual binaries between expert and lay, rational and irrational that permeate much research on risk. It reveals not only the complexities inherent in the subject but also the situated knowledge that comes from qualitative approaches. A wide range of stimulating case studies and cross-disciplinary commentary deftly demonstrates people’s agency in negotiating the management of fear and the retention of hope in high risk, yet ordinary contexts.” (Pat Caplan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)