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Cornell University    
  Nov 23, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 4166 - [Risk Work]

Fall. Next offered 2018-2019. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

M. Welker.

Theorists of modernity have argued that we live in a risk society. This seminar explores these arguments and develops conceptual tools for ethnographic analysis of the everyday work of risk professionals and ordinary actors. Risk professionals are paid for their capacity to investigate, document, control, imagine, and capitalize upon economic, social, and environmental risk. Ordinary actors increasingly live in and produce knowledge of human and environmental risks and orient their action around this practical consciousness. We will examine how risk work produces knowledge, ignorance, and affect management projects, as well as how it recognizes and distributes risk across space and time, nature and culture, and across social divisions of class, gender, ethnicity, race, and age.

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