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Growing up with risk$
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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) one Introduction
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Growing up with risk
Author(s):

Betsy Thom

Rosemary Sales

Jenny J. Pearce

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the contested nature of policy and practice concerned with the identification and management of risk in the lives of the young. It illustrates the varying ways in which society constructs and reconstructs the definitions and parameters of risk from birth to early adulthood. The chapter addresses a number of themes that illustrate the ambiguities and tensions inherent in current policy and practice regarding children and young people. It then discusses growing up and the perception and experience of risks, categorising risk, the ‘risk society’, and the position of children and young people within risk discourse. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   risk management, young people, children, risk society

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