Individualization: institutionalized individualism and its social and political consequences, Volume 13

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SAGE, Feb 4, 2002 - Philosophy - 221 pages
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Individualization argues that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the nature of society and politics. This change hinges around two processes: globalization and individualization. The book demonstrates that individualization is a structural characteristic of highly differentiated societies, and does not imperil social cohesion, but actually makes it possible. Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim argue that it is vital to distinguish between the neo-liberal idea of the free-market individual and the concept of individualization. The result is the most complete discussion of individualization currently available, showing how individualization relates to basic social rights and also paid employment; and concluding that in

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Ulrich Beck, Professor of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich

Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim is Professor of Sociology at the University of Erlangen.

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