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Young people making sense of risk : How meanings of risk are materialised within the social context of every-day life.

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Subtitle: How meanings of risk are materialised within the social context of every-day life.

Author list: OLOFSSON A, WALL E, WALL E, OLOFSSON A

Publication year: 2008

Start page: 431

End page: 448

Number of pages: 18

ISSN: 1103-3088

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/110330880801600405

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Abstract

By using the term ‘sensemaking’ our intention isto deepen the understanding of young people and risk. Four focusgroup interviews with young people were made in 2004/05, twoin an urban area (Greater Stockholm) and two in a rural area(the county of Jämtland). Three reference interviews withadults were also made (two in Greater Stockholm and one in Jämtland).The results indicate that sensemaking of risk is a fruitfulway of capturing hidden heterogeneity regarding how young peoplewith similar risk perceptions give risk meaning. Based on theempirical results, that is, depending on where young peoplelive they make sense of risk differently, a two–dimensionaltheoretical model for sensemaking of risk is proposed; individualism–collectivism,and local attachment–local detachment.


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