1st issue of the SoRU Newsletter is published!
It is my privilege and pleasure as the editor to announce the publication of the first Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty group newsletter - SoRU News.
Could I ask that you please pass this newsletter on to colleagues you feel may be interested in its contents as well as circulate it via your established professional e-lists and discussion networks? I am happy for people to get in touch with me to discuss dissemination opportunities, if they would like.
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The newsletter contains relevant information on calls for papers and conferences, abstracts, funding streams, new books and journal articles, alongside opinion pieces and editorials, that it is hoped social scientists (and non-social scientists!) from a range of disciplines will find of interest. The study of risk and uncertainty is an extremely large area which covers a number of research areas, including health policy and social welfare; media, communication and governance studies; criminal justice and human rights, as well as economics and global enterprise, to name but a few. Whether or not we do indeed live in a risk society is a question open to continued debate and analysis. But ever since the global economic crisis (and quite possibly beforehand too….) it has become increasingly clear that we do indeed live in risky and uncertain times....
As the newsletter editor I very much hope that it will develop over time into an interactive publication which incorporates a wide range of perspectives and opinions. I do not want people to simply agree with the opinions offered via this publication – disagreement and debate is wholeheartedly encouraged. You will see in this issue that Professor Jens O. Zinn (President of Thematic Group Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty) has kindly written an opinion piece for the newsletter which I hope will spark some interest and discussion. I would very much welcome responses to his piece and if you have your own ideas for an opinion piece - which can be on any risk-related topic- then please do get in touch. Also, please do feel free to pass on any information you may feel is relevent to the newsletter. Just because a conference, a journal, a research funidng stream or book, is well known to you, or within your disciplinary area and your country, doesnt mean that others know about it! So please do get in touch. I am eager that this become a truly international publication and I welcome information and commentaries from anybody who would like to submit them. To that end, I welcome pieces submitted in other languages as long as an English translation of the text is included.