The Social Construction of Risk in a Rural Community: Responses of Local Residents to the 1990 Hagersville (Ontario) Tire Fire
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Presents the findings of research relating to the 1990 Hagersville (Ontario) tire fire. After reviewing the literature on risk and risk perception, the fire and the community in which it occurred are described. The practical, conceptual, and methodological reasons for adopting a qualitative research design are then established. 43 residents' accounts of the fire, evacuation, and aftermath in terms of concerns, anxieties, and responses are described. Five themes emerged: economic, community, health, environmental, and governance. A case study-derived model of risk appraisal and management is discussed.