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Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação

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SEVALHO, Gil. The "risk-taking man" and the "slow man", and theorizing on epidemiological risk at times of globalization. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.40, pp.07-20.  Epub 20-Mar-2012. ISSN 1414-3283.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1414-32832012005000005.

By using time as an interdisciplinary composition element, the concept of epidemiological risk is discussed, recognizing the "risk-taking man" created by the epidemiologist Naomar de Almeida-Filho and the "slow man" created by the geographer Milton Santos. Jean-François Lyotard's criticism of science as discourse that does not take popular narrative into account is used in the argument. The slow man resists fragmentation of identities imposed by globalization and creatively weaves solidarity in its place, while the risk-taking man represents speed and modernity, thereby imposing a standardizing, individualistic and competitive order. Epidemiological risk is envisaged in proximity to territories and places, and contrasts the slow man's concreteness with the artificiality of the epidemiological discourse of the risk-taking man. Boaventura de Sousa Santos's Southern Epistemology, with its sociologies of absences and emergencies, sustains this critical perspective and proposes scientific practice that is politically committed to social justice and prioritizes popular knowledge.

Palavras-chave : Interdisciplinarity; Time; Epidemiology; Risk.

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