Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity

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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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On the Logic of Wealth Distribution and Risk Distribution
The Politics of Knowledge in the Risk Society
The Individualization of Social Inequality Life Forms and the Demise of Tradition
Beyond Status and Class?
I am IGendered Space and Conflict Inside and Outside the Family
Individualization Institutionalization and Standardization Life Situations and Biographical Patterns
Destandardization of Labor
Reflexive Modernization on the Generalization of Science and Politics
Science beyond Truth and Enlightenment?
Opening up the Political

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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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