Risks in the Making

Travels in Life Insurance and Genetics

Ine Van Hoyweghen

Ine Van Hoyweghen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789053569276 Published April 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In recent decades, insurance companies, scientists, and public officials have debated the potential use of genetic testing in insurance decisions. With Risks in the Making, Ine van Hoyweghen alters the terms of the debate, moving it from abstract, theoretical grounds to the question of how insurance companies actually work. Through an empirical ethnographic study of life insurance in Belgium, van Hoyweghen reveals fascinating and important details about insurance practices and risk management, underscoring the diversity of insurance markets, underwriting practices, and strategies.
I. Risky Business: The Collision of Genetics and Life Insurance
II. "Genetics Is Not the Issues": Insurers on Genetics and Life Insurance
III. Risky Bodies Stage 1: Constituting the Underwriting Practice
IV. Risky Bodies Stage 2: Governing by Numbers
V. Risky Bodies Stage 3: The Art of Underwriting
VI. Risky Bodies Future Stage? Risk Carriers and Risk Takers
VII. Towards Experimental Learning
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