Reflexive Modernization: Politics, Tradition and Aesthetics in the Modern Social Order

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Stanford University Press, 1994 - Social Science - 225 pages
The theme of reflexivity has come to be central to social analysis. In this book three prominent social thinkers discuss the implications of "reflexive modernization" for social and cultural theory today.

Ulrich Beck's vision of the "risk society" has already become extraordinarily influential. Beck offers a new elaboration of his basic ideas, connecting reflexive modernization with new issues to do with the state and political organization.

Giddens offers an in-depth examination of the connections between "institutional reflexivity" and the de-traditionalizing of the modern world. We are entering, he argues, a phase of the development of a global society. A "global society" is not a world society, but one with universalizing tendencies.

Lash develops the theme of reflexive modernization in relation the aesthetics and the interpretation of culture. In this domain, he suggests, we need to look again at the conventional theories of postmodernism; "aesthetic modernization" has distinctive qualities that need to be uncovered and analyzed.

In the concluding sections of the book, the three authors offer critical appraisals of each other's viewpoints, providing a synthetic conclusion to the work as a whole.

 

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
13
Section 3
26
Section 4
37
Section 5
56
Section 6
61
Section 7
74
Section 8
76
Section 10
119
Section 11
121
Section 12
135
Section 13
140
Section 14
157
Section 15
159
Section 16
174
Section 17
184

Section 9
110
Section 18
198

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Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich. Anthony Giddens is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Scott Lash is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster.

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