An Investigation of Women’s and Men’s Perceptions and by Andrea Bieberstein

By Andrea Bieberstein

Concern approximately foodstuff dangers is frequent. shoppers, despite the fact that, are chanced on to vary when it comes to how they overview those hazards. essentially the most in demand findings during this regard is the diversities among men and women. Many reports file that males are much less apprehensive approximately environmental and technological dangers than girls, that is additionally the case for nutrition dangers. whilst it's criticized that those changes are usually exaggerated, similarities neglected, and systematic investigations are missing. Andrea Bieberstein provides a finished review of theoretical techniques to threat conception and empirical paintings that has been carried out within the box of danger conception study. moreover, she presents a scientific research of the way meals dangers are built for girls and males through uncovering the meanings by way of institutions, emotions, and values that they connect to numerous nutrition hazards. this enables a deeper realizing of the gender adjustments in probability notion by way of their relevance and meaning.

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They report that a consistent relationship between ethnicity and risk perception exists only for technological hazards such as nuclear power and nuclear waste, with ethnic minorities being more concerned and less willing to support nuclear technology. For other risks such as natural disasters or air and water pollution, results are mixed. In the study by Savage performed in the United States (1993) about the perception of four different kinds of hazards (aviation accidents, fires at home, automobile accidents, stomach cancer), African Americans dreaded all four hazards more strongly than Caucasians.

2), the general processes that are important in risk perception, as well as the impact of the hazards’ characteristics were outlined. In the field of social science, one can distinguish two main largely independent strands: approaches footed in psychology and those mainly based on anthropological and sociological theories. Among the psychological approaches, the psychometric approach is the one most often considered. Its principal contributors are Paul Slovic, Sarah Lichtenstein, Baruch Fischhoff and their colleagues (Fischhoff et al.

Similarly, in a study performed in Switzerland by Siegrist (2003), positive views about technology were associated 59 with lower levels of risk ratings and higher levels of benefit ratings with regard to gene technology. , 2007). , 2010). In both countries, respondents with a positive attitude towards technology were significantly more likely to have a positive rather than a negative attitude towards food nanotechnology. Moreover, in the above-cited study by Siegrist (2003), a pro-technology attitude was related to lower risk ratings of technological food risks such as food irradiation, antibiotics in food or genetically modified foods.

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