World at Risk / Edition 1

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This book by one of Europe's leading social and political theorists draws together key essays which argue that a new frame of reference is needed to understand the world risk society in which we live today. Beck focuses on ecological and technological questions of risk, and their sociological and political implications. In doing so, he discusses and answers some of the criticisms provoked by his earlier and much cited work on risk society.. "This book is an important text for students and scholars in sociology and politics. It will also be read by a broader audience interested in the key social and political questions of our time.
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“A fascinating examination of the risk society of thetwenty-first century. Ulrich Beck details the new world order whereterrorism and global climate change haunt our lives and engendersome powerful new risks and new modes of politics. This bookimportantly draws together many of Beck’s themes forexamining the main lineaments of the new World atRisk.”
John Urry, University of Lancaster

“Beck deploys the concept of risk as a sharply focusedflashlight that allows him to see what is typically obscured bydominant notions and explanations. This becomes a process ofdiscovery, rare in the social sciences today, concerned as they arewith proof. He brilliantly conceptualizes these discoveries interms of categories not usually used in risk analysis, such ascosmopolitanism. A must-read book.”
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745642000
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Cosmopolitan Manifesto 1
2 World Risk Society as Cosmopolitan Society? Ecological Questions in a Framework of Manufactured Uncertainties 19
3 From Industrial Society to Risk Society: Questions of Survival, Social Structure and Ecological Enlightenment 48
4 Risk Society and the Welfare State 72
5 Subpolitics: Ecology and the Disintegration of Institutional Power 91
6 Knowledge or Unawareness? Two Perspectives on 'Reflexive Modernization' 109
7 Risk Society Revisited: Theory, Politics, Critiques and Research Programmes 133
Notes 153
References 161
Index 168
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