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TERRORISM, RISK COMMUNICATION, AND PLURALISTIC INQUIRY

Kevin J. Macy-Ayotte

Risk communication can be defined as the exchange of information among interested parties about the nature, magnitude, significance, or control of a risk.

(Covello, 1992, p. 359)

Communication about the causes, consequences, and control of danger has long been part of human society. Although the stakeholders Covello (1992) enumerated, i.e. “government agencies, corporations or industry groups, unions, the communications media, scientists, professional organizations, public interest groups, communities, and individual citizens” (p. 359), have a decidedly modern character, Palenchar (2009) noted that speculation about the probability of dangerous events can be ...

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