Seachange : risk for a better life

Osbaldiston, Nicholas (2006) Seachange : risk for a better life. In Hopkinson, Chanel & Hopkinson, Chanel (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 27th October 2006, QUT Carseldine Campus, QUT.

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Risk is a buzz word for the social sciences. In recent years, several theories and studies have explored contemporary understanding of the concept and it’s implications for social action. This paper explores notions of risk within the Australian phenomenon of Seachange. It draws upon Qualitative data collected in 2006 within states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Analysis of this data reveals three major findings that have importance for current and future risk theory. Firstly, lay public comprehension of risk is contextual, relying heavily upon acculturation and interaction with environment. As such, over generalisations from authors like Beck (1992) neglect the effect that culture plays on risk perception. Secondly, within the Seachange phenomenon lies a discourse of risk-taking whereby risks are not avoided but rather consumed in order to find ‘a better life’. This often occurs as a result of dissatisfaction with busy, hectic and risky city lifestyles. Finally, drawing upon works by Rose (1996), it is argued that these risk-takers are an example of the wider discourse in society that entices individuals to make life a project in order to maximise self worth and seek after happiness.

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ID Code: 6293
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Risk, Voluntary Risk, Taking, Seachange, Enterprising Individuals
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Nicholas Osbaldiston
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:37

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