Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil

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Translated by Ciaran Cronin.

The world is a state of turmoil. From the financial crisis tothe chaos in the eurozone, from the Arab uprisings to protests inAthens, Barcelona, New York and elsewhere, many of the familiarframeworks are collapsing and we have to find new ways to orientourselves in a world undergoing rapid change. Of course, it isnecessary for political leaders to address local issues and reactto people’s specific demands, but without a cosmopolitanoutlook, such a ...

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Overview

Translated by Ciaran Cronin.

The world is a state of turmoil. From the financial crisis tothe chaos in the eurozone, from the Arab uprisings to protests inAthens, Barcelona, New York and elsewhere, many of the familiarframeworks are collapsing and we have to find new ways to orientourselves in a world undergoing rapid change. Of course, it isnecessary for political leaders to address local issues and reactto people’s specific demands, but without a cosmopolitanoutlook, such a reaction is likely to be inadequate. UlrichBeck’s Twenty-one Observations on a World in Turmoilis a demonstration of cosmopolitan politics in practice. It is morethan a mirror: it is a magnifying glass that brings into focus theprocesses that are transforming our world and highlights the greatchallenges we face today.

‘Global domestic politics’, the concept introduced anddeveloped by Beck, is much more than a political theory, aphilosophical utopia (or dystopia), a governance programme or amental state: it is the reality of our times. Beck turns theargument that ‘global domestic politics’ is anunrealistic ideology on its head, arguing that it is the proponentsof the national who are the idealists. They view reality throughthe obsolete lenses of the nation-state and thus cannot see theprofound global changes that are transforming our reality. Globaldomestic politics is therefore a perspective, a political realityand a normative idea. And it is the critical theory of our timessince it challenges the most profound truths which we hold dear:the truths of the nation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Beck is one of the most influential sociological theorists alive today, and not just in the academic sphere."
Canadian Journal of Sociology

"The astonishingly diverse world in turmoil is here trenchantly dissected by the analyst of risk and uncertainty."
John Urry, Lancaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745653976
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrich Beck is one of the world’s leading sociologists andsocial thinkers, well-known for his best-selling book RiskSociety. He is Emeritus Professor at Munich and Professor ofSociology at the LSE.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil
1. Mushrooms and Other Flowers of Capitalism
2. All aboard the Nuclear Power Superjet—Just Don't Askabout the Landing Strip
3. This Appalling Injustice!
4. Harm in Exchange for Money
5. Illegal World Citizens
6. The Cards of Power Are Being Reshuffled across the World
7. Felt Peace and Waged War
8. The Return of Social Darwinism or: Which University Do WeWant?
9. A Kind of Berlin Wall Has Again Collapsed
10. German Euro-Nationalism
11. Beyond the Aeroplane
12. Global Domestic Politics from below: How Global Families AreBecoming Normal
13. The Environmental Storm on the Bastille
14. Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
15. The Caterpillar's Mistake: Fukushima and the End of NuclearPower
16. It's Time to Get Angry, Europe. Create the Europe of CitizensNow!
17. Powerless but Legitimate: the Occupy Movement in the FinancialCrisis
18. Cooperate or Bust! The Existential Crisis of the EuropeanUnion
19. What Is Meant by Global Domestic Politics?
20. The Five Self-Delusions of a Supposedly Unpolitical Age

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