The Taming of Fate: Approaching Risk from a Social Action Perspective – Case Studies from Southern Mozambique
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ID 1056487
Author(s) Macamo, Elisio
Author(s) at UniBasel Macamo, Elisio
Year 2017
Title The Taming of Fate: Approaching Risk from a Social Action Perspective – Case Studies from Southern Mozambique
Publisher CODESRIA
Place of Publication Dakar
ISSN/ISBN 978-2-86978-719-3
Keywords Risk, Africa, Disaster, Social Relations
Abstract This book is about how extreme situations appearing to have a destructive potential can actually be used to produce meaningful individual and social lives. It is about the “taming of fate”. This notion means and accounts for the ability of individuals and communities to rebuild their lives against all odds. The book is based on case-studies that draw from theoretical insights derived from the sociology of disasters. It addresses some limitations of the sociology of risk, chief among which is the rejection of the relevance of the notion of risk to the study of technologically non-advanced societies. The book argues that this rejection has deprived the study of the human condition of an important analytical asset. The book claims that risk is a property of social action which can best be understood through the analytical scrutiny of its role in the historical constitution of social relations.
URL http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article2735
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/39242/
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