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Risk, Insurance, and (the Social Construction of) Responsibility

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Insurance, we all know, transfers risk. Yet, what we usually think of as a transfer of risk is also a transfer of responsibility. The promise of insurance and other forms of risk management is gaining a measure of control over an uncertain world. Reaching out to insurance institutions for protection cedes responsibility to them. Thus, risk not only creates responsibility, but also, through the means explored in this chapter, socializes that responsibility. Indeed, if we understand the "embrace of risk" to include the embrace of insurance and other aspects of risk management, then we might wonder whether the embrace of risk is "really" about individual responsibility, and we might think more about social control.

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  • Tom Baker, "undated". "Risk, Insurance, and (the Social Construction of) Responsibility," University of Connecticut School of Law Working Papers uconn_ucwps-1007, University of Connecticut School of Law.
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