Risk perception mapping

using ethnography to define the locally affected population for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility in Michigan

Richard W Stoffle, M. W. Traugott, J. V. Stone, P. D. McIntyre, F. V. Jensen, C. C. Davidson

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Abstract

The concept of a "risk perception shadow' (RPS) has been suggested to describe the geocultural area in which a locally affected population perceives itself to be at risk from a proposal project. Generally such projects involve potentially dangerous substances or activities. The initial conceptualization of an RPS was developed during the social assessment of a proposed Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Michigan. This article describes an effort at mapping and analyzing an RPS produced by a proposal to site a low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) storage facility in Michigan. A unique sampling technique was used to define the boundary of the generally concentric RPS. Risk perception mapping (RPM) is suggested as a rapid and efficient method for defining locally affected populations for social impact studies. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-635
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Volume93
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

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Risk perception mapping : using ethnography to define the locally affected population for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility in Michigan. / Stoffle, Richard W; Traugott, M. W.; Stone, J. V.; McIntyre, P. D.; Jensen, F. V.; Davidson, C. C.

In: American Anthropologist, Vol. 93, No. 3, 1991, p. 611-635.

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Stoffle, Richard W ; Traugott, M. W. ; Stone, J. V. ; McIntyre, P. D. ; Jensen, F. V. ; Davidson, C. C. / Risk perception mapping : using ethnography to define the locally affected population for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility in Michigan. In: American Anthropologist. 1991 ; Vol. 93, No. 3. pp. 611-635.
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