Risk, Rationality and Nudging in Late Modern Society: Understanding the dynamics of the climate crisis

Terne Sasha Thorn Jakobsen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt

Abstrakt

This study seeks to explore and explain how nudge theory may contribute to the understanding of the
dynamics of the climate crisis in a ‘world risk society’. It is based on Ulrich Beck’s theory of a world
risk society and unfolds through the combination of theories about risk, rationality and behaviour that
are ultimately brought together in relation to the climate crisis. A critical realistic perspective and
method is taken to explore three hypothetical premises: 1) That the climate crisis is a result of the
success of industrialization, 2) That the climate crisis is connected to the staging and perceptions of
risk, and 3) That the climate crisis is connected to risk-rationalities of modern and late modern society.
At last, it is concluded that nudge theory may contribute to the understanding by explaining
fundamental elements of human reasoning, perception and behaviour and by explaining why the
probabilistic, rational approach to the understanding as well as the managing of climate risks is
flawed.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdatodec. 2016
Antal sider51
VejledereCatharina Juul Kristensen

Emneord

  • Nudging
  • Rationality
  • Beck
  • Risk
  • world risk society