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The cognitive representation of global risks.: Empirical studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: RISK21 - Coping with Risks due to Natural Hazards in the 21st Century., Taylor & Francis Group , 2006, 109-116 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study, which is part of a comprehensive project, examines both cultural diversity and cultural similarity of perceived global risks between German, Japanese, Swedish and American subjects (n = 1,317), with the focus on human ecology. Similarities as well as differences between the four cultures were found. Unexpectedly, the German and Swedish subjects were most concerned about hunger and poverty. Another notable similarity is that overpopulation was viewed as a high-risk by both the Swedish and the American groups. Gender differences were also obtained. The findings contribute to our understanding of how people in different cultures and of different gender presently perceive global risks. The current research provides substantial evidence that perception of risks represents a cultural value, belief, ecological worldview and a level of knowledge that may have developed over long periods of the particular cultural groupĀ“s experience of both the physical and the social environment. However, over the course of human history the dangers faced have changed in many respects.

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Taylor & Francis Group , 2006. 109-116 p.
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human ecology, perception, risks
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20047OAI: diva2:186572
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21Bibliographically approved

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