Private Risk and Public Dangers is comprised of a collection of chapters which were originally papers presented in the 1991 British Sociological Association Conference on Health and Society, and they address a range of private risks and public dangers. Issues covered vary from the response to HIV and AIDS and ‘foetal alcohol syndrome’ to the nature of accidents. These seemingly diverse social situations within which emerges is that we need a more sociologically informed understanding of the personal shading the public dangers they are expected to manage.

chapter 1|7 pages


BySue Scott, Gareth Williams

chapter 2|11 pages

Health and the social body

ByGavin Kendall, Gary Wickham

chapter 3|15 pages

Some problems in the development of a sociology of accidents

ByJudy Green

chapter 4|23 pages

The idea of prevention: A critical review

ByRichard Freeman

chapter 6|21 pages

The gaze of the counsellors: Discourses of intervention in marriage

ByDavid Clark, David Morgan

chapter 7|17 pages

‘To hell with tomorrow’: Coronary heart disease risk and the ethnography of fatalism

ByCharlie Davison, Stephen Frankel, George Davey Smith

chapter 8|21 pages

More medicalizing of mothers: Foetal alcohol syndrome in the USA and related developments

ByMaureen McNeil, Jacquelyn Litt

chapter 9|17 pages

‘What’s your excuse for relapsing?’: A critique of recent sexual behaviour studies of gay men

ByGraham Hart, Ray Fitzpatrick, Jill Dawson, John McLean, Mary Boulton

chapter 10|18 pages

Quo vadis the special hospitals?

ByJoel Richman, Tom Mason

chapter 11|16 pages

The social relations of HIV testing technology

ByEvan Willis

chapter 12|17 pages

Safety as a social value: A community approach

ByHelen Roberts, Susan J. Smith, Michelle Lloyd