Ulrich Beck: A Critical Introduction to the Risk Society

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Ulrich Beck has emerged as one of the leading thinkers of the age. His principal claim to fame is as author of the widely acclaimed 'Risk Society', first published in 1986. Since this time, Beck's work has had a profound effect on the trajectory of social theory, leading to him being hailed as a zietgeist sociologist. The risk society thesis has gained credence within the academic community and across the disciplines as a means of explaining the large-scale changes that have enveloped contemporary society.Despite...
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Ulrich Beck has emerged as one of the leading thinkers of the age. His principal claim to fame is as author of the widely acclaimed 'Risk Society', first published in 1986. Since this time, Beck's work has had a profound effect on the trajectory of social theory, leading to him being hailed as a zietgeist sociologist. The risk society thesis has gained credence within the academic community and across the disciplines as a means of explaining the large-scale changes that have enveloped contemporary society.Despite its continued popularity as a touchstone for debate, the risk society perspective is yet to be systematically unravelled. Gabe Mythen provides both an introduction to and a critique of Beck's work that places his contribution within the context of other theorists of risk, such as Giddens, Douglas and Foucault. Key areas of analysis include risk and the environment, lifestyles and risk, public perceptions, media representations of danger and the changing nature of political engagement.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780745318141
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Gabe Mythen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He has been researching in the field of public understandings of risk for several years, having published noted articles on risk society situations, such as BSE and GM foods. He is presently involved in research around the dynamics of the risk communications process and coordinates a number of undergraduate courses revolving around risk, urban cultures and sociocultural practices.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Mapping the risk society 11
2 Risk and the environment 30
3 Defining risk 53
4 Mediating risk 73
5 Perceiving risk 95
6 Living with risk 117
7 Risk, reflexivity and trust 137
8 The politics of risk 157
Conclusion 180
Notes 187
Bibliography 195
Index 209
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