Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (Google eBook)

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SAGE, Jul 1, 1992 - 272 pages
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This panoramic analysis of the condition of Western societies has been hailed as a classic. This first English edition has taken its place as a core text of contemporary sociology alongside earlier typifications of society as postindustrial and current debates about the social dimensions of the postmodern.

Underpinning the analysis is the notion of the risk society'. The changing nature of society's relation to production and distribution is related to the environmental impact as a totalizing, globalizing economy based on scientific and technical knowledge becomes more central to social organization and social conflict.

  

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Risk society might in many ways no longer be an accurate account of how we are intertwined and guided by our perceptions of risk. However, the basic idea that we are guided by our constant quest for mitigation is as true as ever. Read full review

Contents

On the Logic of Wealth Distribution and Risk Distribution
19
The Politics of Knowledge in the Risk Society
51
The Individualization of Social Inequality Life Forms and the Demise of Tradition
85
Beyond Status and Class?
91
I am IGendered Space and Conflict Inside and Outside the Family
103
Individualization Institutionalization and Standardization Life Situations and Biographical Patterns
127
Destandardization of Labor
139
Reflexive Modernization on the Generalization of Science and Politics
151
Science beyond Truth and Enlightenment?
155
Opening up the Political
183
Bibliography
237
Index
251
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Page 35 - To that extent, risks only seem to strengthen, not to abolish, the class society. Poverty attracts an unfortunate abundance of risks. By contrast, the wealthy (in income, power or education) can purchase safety and freedom from risk.
Page 46 - ... and stakeholder engagement. These ideas link to Beck's who predicted that activism will become centrally important in the interpretation and communication of risk. He foreshadowed the growing power of the mass media and public communication to construct and define knowledge in the new social order: As the risk society develops, so does the antagonism between those afflicted by risks and those who profit from them. The social and economic importance of knowledge grows similarly, and with it the...
Page 21 - Risk may be defined as a systematic way of dealing with hazards and insecurities induced and introduced by modernization itself.
Page 21 - In the past, the hazards could be traced back to an undersupply of hygienic technology. Today they have their basis in industrial overproduction. The risks and hazards of today thus differ in an essential way from the superficially similar ones in the Middle Ages through the global nature of their threat.

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About the author (1992)

Professor Ulrich Beck is Professor for Sociology at the University of Munich, and has been the British Journal of Sociology LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Sociology since 1997. He has received Honorary Doctorates from several Europeanuniversities. Professor Beck is editor of Soziale Welt, editor of the Edition Second Modernity at Suhrkamp. He is founding director of the research centre at the University of Munich (in cooperation with three other universities in the area), Sonderforschungsbereich - Reflexive Modernisation financed since 1999 by the DFG (German Research Society).

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