The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory

The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory

By: Ulrich Beck (editor), Barbara Adam (editor), Joost Van Loon (editor)Hardback

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Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arguments in Risk Society and develops a range of critical discussions of aspects of this and other works of Beck.

About Author

My primary expertise is in the area of social and socio-environmental time. I have developed this perspective over the last three decades during which I have worked the time dimension into the following areas of conceptual and empirical social science research: culture, education, environment, environmental economics, food, globalisation, gender, health, international relations, management, media, risk, technological innovation, transport and work. Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich. He is the author of Counterpoison (1991) and Ecological Enlightenment (1992).


Introduction - Barbara Adam and Joost van Loon Repositioning Risk: The Challenge for Social Theory PART ONE: RECASTING RISK CULTURE Risk or Angst Society? - Alan Scott Two Views of Risk, Consciousness and Community Risk Culture - Scott Lash Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of New Genetics - Hilary Rose PART TWO: CHALLENGING BIG SCIENCE Nuclear Risks - Alan Irwin, Stuart Allan and Ian Welsh Three Problematics Genotechnology - Lindsay Prior, Peter Glasner and Ruth McNally Three Challenges to Risk Legitimation Health and Responsibility - Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim From Social Change to Technological Change and Vice Versa PART THREE: MEDIATING TECHNOLOGIES OF RISK Child Organ Stealing Stories - Claudia Castaneda Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies Liturgies of Fear - Howard Caygill Biotechnology and Culture Virtual Risks in an Age of Cybernetic Reproduction - Joost van Loon PART FOUR: P(L)AYING FOR FUTURES Information, Instantaneity and Global Futures Trading - Deirdre Boden Discourses of Risk and Utopia - Ruth Levitas Risk Society Revisited - Ulrich Beck Theory, Politics and Research Programmes

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761964681
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780761964681
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 0761964681

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