ISBN-10:
0803983468
ISBN-13:
9780803983465
Pub. Date:
09/03/1992
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity / Edition 1

Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity / Edition 1

by Ulrich Beck
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803983465
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/03/1992
Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society , #17
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 865,677
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Scott Lash and Brian Wynne
PART ONE: LIVING ON THE VOLCANO OF CIVILIZATION - THE CONTOURS OF THE RISK SOCIETY
On the Logic of Wealth Distribution and Risk Distribution
The Politics of Knowledge in the Risk Society
PART TWO: THE INDIVIDUALIZATION OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY - LIFE-FORMS AND THE DEMISE OF TRADITION
Beyond Status and Class?
'I am I'
Gendered Space and the Conflict Inside and Outside the Family
Individualization, Institutionalization and Standardization
Life Situations and Biographical Patterns
De-Standardization of Labour
PART THREE: REFLEXIVE MODERNIZATION: ON THE GENERALIZATION OF SCIENCE AND POLITICS
Science Beyond Truth and Enlightenment?
Opening up the Political

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