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Risque et innovation : un point de vue sociologique


  • Patrick Peretti-Watel


Nowadays, experts are often said to be affected with a generalized "risquophobia", by using the notion of risk in order to blame technical innovations and business spirit. But a historical and sociological appraisal of the notion of risk leads to radically different conclusions. Firstly, the notion of risk has been built as an auxiliary for economic innovations. Secondly, contemporary societies are characterized by a "risk culture" which urge each of us to be the real entrepreneur of his own life. At last, the notion of risk can also be considered as a strategic resource which can be summoned to promote social change.

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  • Patrick Peretti-Watel, 2003. "Risque et innovation : un point de vue sociologique," Innovations, De Boeck Université, vol. 18(2), pages 59-72.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:inndbu:inno_018_0059

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    1. McCloskey, Donald N, 1983. "The Rhetoric of Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 481-517, June.
    2. Antoine D'Autume & Jean Cartelier, 1995. "L'économie devient-elle une science dure ?," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00452416, HAL.
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