On the Decomposition of the Concept of “Danger”, or How “Risk” is Constructed and Codified Cover Image
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За разлагането на понятието „опасност“ или как се конструира и кодефицира „риск“
On the Decomposition of the Concept of “Danger”, or How “Risk” is Constructed and Codified

Author(s): Martin Kanushev
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Studies in violence and power
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: power; technology; strategy; prevention; danger; risk

Summary/Abstract: The article represents a critical and reflexive sociological research on a fundamental social problem, which overturns the specific historical manner of exercise of power in our contemporaneity: there is a general reversal into the central object-target of governing intervention, which technological matrix is no longer constituted upon the concept of “danger”, (“dangerous subject”), but through the notion of “risk”, (“risky profile”). The most important political consequence out of this extraordinary metamorphosis is the comprehensive penetration of “risky factors“ over the endless surface of the social reality, from the basic structures of personatily through everyday live to the collective forms and institutional crystallizations: individual, group, class, community, minority, movement, organization, party, nation, state, ethnos or race, which, with their genuine subsistance, are actual, potential or virtual threat for the social safety. Irreversible integration of the “risky segments“ into the one and all life-spheres of the contemporary complex societies has got as a general effect the dynamization of the social change, the unique constant that reproduces sustainably: this is “a risky society”, in which the global problem of permanent uncertainty within all her dimensions possesses fateful significance for the humanity.

  • Issue Year: 50/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 770-803
  • Page Count: 34
  • Language: Bulgarian