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Estudios sociales (Hermosillo, Son.)

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KORSTANJE, Maximiliano E.. The role of risk in the configuration of Anglo-Saxon societies. Estud. soc [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.45, pp.283-307. ISSN 0188-4557.

This paper is aimed to explore the main causes of the attachment of English speaking countries to risk. The first, capitalism derives from the Old Norse Mythology. Secondly, human beings in modernity to mitigate future risk may be explained by the interpretation of the same risk to mitigate. Whilst Mediterranean cultures have adopted the charity and tradition as two important institutions to see their world, Anglo-world was based on the foreclosure to the future. This engenders a new problem, since the future has not taken room yet, any act to prevent the future may even precipitate the undesired event. This explains why Anglo-Saxons are prone to avoid or face risk than other cultures as well as their attachment to technological advance. Countries as US, New Zealand, Canada, and England pivot the applied investigation in disaster and risk fields worldwide.

Keywords : risk; Anglo-world; Mediterranean-world; danger; future; predestination.

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