Risk, wealth and agrarian change in India: household-level hazards vs. late-modern global risks at different points along the risk transition

Jewitt, Sarah and Baker, Kathleen (2012) Risk, wealth and agrarian change in India: household-level hazards vs. late-modern global risks at different points along the risk transition. Global Environmental Change, 22 (2). pp. 547-557. ISSN 0959-3780

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Abstract

The global poor often prioritise immediate hazards of food insecurity over temporally more distant risks like global warming. Yet the influence of socio-economic factors, temporal and spatial distance on risk perception remains under-researched. Data on risk perception and response were collected from two sets of Indian villages. Participatory approaches were used to investigate variations by socio-economic status, food security, age and gender. Villagers’ risk priorities reflected clear spatial and temporal patterns depending on land ownership, community group and education levels. Poorer groups prioritised household-level risks to health and food security while global environmental risks were mentioned by only three of the wealthiest respondents. The paper concludes that household risk perceptions and responses vary greatly with socio-economic status, age, gender and the spatial or temporal distance of the risk. These factors need to be better understood if the most significant contributors to the global burden of disease are to be reduced.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Global Environmental Change. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Global Environmental Change, 22(2), (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.11.010
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Depositing User: Jewitt, Dr S
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 15:42
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 19:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1983

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