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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