Lloyd, M. and Roen, Katrina (2002) When you smell smoke': 'Risk factors' and fire safety in action. Health, Risk and Society, 4 (2). pp. 139-153. ISSN 1369-8575Full text not available from this repository.
A neglected way of talking about risk is to focus on one of its correlates, 'safety'. This study examines how fire-safety knowledge is put into action. We are concerned with how knowledge of household fire 'risk factors' may, or may not, gain a concrete existence in the interactions between firefighters and householders. Using a 'translation' model loosely derived from Actor-Network-Theory, we show the complexity of the social interactions that constitute safety in action. The aim is not to critique the 'risk factors' approach and its epidemiological underpinnings; nevertheless, the implication is that proponents of the 'risk factors' approach need to understand the interactions where risk and safety are socially embedded, for this is where they gain their life.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Health, Risk and Society|
|Additional Information:||RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Risk ; Fire Safety ; Knowledge Translation|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited On:||18 Mar 2008 16:08|
|Last Modified:||20 Jan 2016 01:10|
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