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Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases

Limor Samimian-Darash and Paul Rabinow


Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases argues that today it is vital to distinguish danger, risk, and uncertainty analytically and anthropologically. In order to do so, it presents a series of concepts and cases that clarify emergent problem spaces as well as to the way these domains are currently addressed—or not addressed—by relevant scholarship. It argues that the scholarly fields previously understood as covering risk are inadequate in part because the world is increasingly being populated by forms, practices and events of uncertainty that cannot be reduced to risk. It makes the case ... More

Keywords: uncertainty, risk, futures, governing, Anthropology, economics, security, humanitarianism, health, environment

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226257075
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226257242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Limor Samimian-Darash, editor

Paul Rabinow, editor

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Limor Samimian-Darash and Paul Rabinow

Part One Economics and Entrepreneurialism

Part Two Security and Humanitarianism

Part Three Environment and Health