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MUNOZ-DUQUE, Luz Adriana. Run the risk: social disadvantage or capability?. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2018, vol.34, n.5, e00171617.  Epub 10-Maio-2018. ISSN 0102-311X.

This article discusses the notions of risk and risk acceptability from a social justice perspective, especially in light of the capability approach proposed by Amartya Sen. The article argues that risk can be the expression of restrictions on subjects’ capabilities, deriving from social disadvantages that can be taken for granted in their daily realities. On the other hand, risk can be viewed as an expression of capability in cases where subjects have accepted or admitted the risk through the exercise of freedom, as long as the subjects that relate to the risk do so in keeping with their idea of a good life, the building of which implies the full development of capability for agency. The article concludes with some thoughts on the issues of risk and risk acceptability in the sphere of public health.

Palavras-chave : Risk-taking; Risk; Social Justice; Freedom.

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