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Published: 15 December 2015

232 Pages

6.0 x 9.0 inches

ISBN: 9780199012060

Bookseller Code (06)

Waiting to Happen

The Sociology of Unexpected Injuries

Lorne Tepperman and Nicole Meredith

  • Considers a question that has fascinated researchers for decades: is there such a thing as an accident prone personality?
  • Summarizes the human, social, and financial costs of accidents.
  • Challenges accepted wisdom about the nature of unexpected injuries, including our failure to accurately evaluate risk and our tendency to label certain events as unavoidable.
  • Draws attention to the alarming connection between socioeconomic status and unexpected injuries.
  • Presents fascinating data, including the top three causes of unexpected injuries across the world, and the organization of these injuries along age, gender, racial, and class lines. In what settings and among what types of people do these injuries most commonly take place?
  • Reviews the successes and pitfalls of research on injury prevention: what preventive strategies work, and which do not?
  • Calling for more high-quality research, this book advocates for a clear-headed look at how these injuries affect people worldwide, and how they may be most effectively prevented.
  • Informed by statistical insights: seemingly random events are, in fact, organized in mathematical patterns.
  • As a former elite ballet dancer, Meredith's personal insight into the world of unexpected injuries provides scope, ensuring the book covers a range of unique accidents that will be pertinent for a broad audience.

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