Categorization and explanation of risk

A discourse analytical perspective

Srikant Sarangi*, Christopher N. Candlin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Categorization - generally understood as definition of situations (including events, actions, roles/identities, knowledge claims etc) in everyday and professional/institutional settings - is a meaning-making activity, deeply embodied in human experience and understanding. Language and discourse play a significant part in how we categorize events and things in discipline-specific ways. Contributors to this Special Issue of Health, Risk & Society approach risk categorization and its explanatory status in a range of healthcare settings - genetics, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hormone replacement therapy - from a discourse analytical perspective (broadly defined as language and interaction in context-specific environments). Research practice - what we choose to study, how we select our data sites and analytic frameworks and how we formulate our findings-constitutes categorization work par excellence and so remains a candidate project in reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalHealth, Risk and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003



  • Accounts
  • Categorization
  • Discourse analysis
  • Professional discourse
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk behaviour

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