Modern society is exposed to various conscious and unconscious risks – the effect of genetically modified food on human health, epidemic diseases such as a sudden outbreak of the H1N1, global warming, or harmful effects of cell phones. The society has to find solutions for various risks on a day-to-day basis in order to organise its everyday life and, considering the development of new technologies, reduce the impact of various negative aspects of the development on its life and environment. In the long view one may say that the expansion of the industrialisation generates more and more serious ecological risks or side effects that should be dealt with. The research object of the present doctoral thesis is ecological risks; and the research subject is the assessment of ecological awareness components of the Latvian society (concerns about deterioration of environment, knowledge on environment-deteriorating factors, and readiness to invest time/resources in maintenance of environment) as a way of manifestation of ecological risks. The objective of the thesis is to investigate the ecological awareness of the Latvian society on the basis of the representations of the Latvian public on the assessment of ecological risks. The structure of the doctoral thesis is comprised of the introduction, three chapters, conclusions, the list of references, and eight appendices. The first subchapter of the chapter 1 analyses the theoretical paradigm of risk and risk society basing upon theoretical approaches of Niklas Luhmann, Anthony Giddens, and Ulrich Beck. In the second subchapter risk perception theories are discussed on the basis of interpretation suggested by Aaron Wildavsky and Karl Dake. The first subchapter of the chapter 2 outlines the classification of risks and the guidelines for risk analysis and provides theoretical justification for analysing ecological risks in the empirical part of the thesis. The second subchapter analyses previous research on the Latvian issues related to the environment, environmental protection, ecological risks, and social processes that can cause ecological risks. Chapter 3 contains a detailed analysis of an empirical research on ecological in the opinion of the Latvian public. The information obtained during the course of the research is summarised in the conclusions. The information in the appendices supplements and illustrates the general contents of the thesis. The basis for the theoretical analysis consists of the monographs and other publications by the abovementioned sociologists and representatives of other sciences.
|Translated title of the contribution||Ecological Risks as Evaluated by Latvian Residents|
|Place of Publication||Riga|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- Doctoral Thesis
Field of Science*
- 5.4 Sociology
- 4. Doctoral Thesis