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Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory

by Adam B et al SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2000
ISBN:
9780761964698
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Pbk 240 pages
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Ulrich Beck's 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. The book includes a reply to his critics from Beck himself.The book is the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the implications of risk society that is currently available. It will be essential reading for students in the social and political sciences, environmental studies, media and cultural studies and philosophy. 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. The book includes a reply to his critics from Beck himself.The book is the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the implications of risk society that is currently available. It will be essential reading for students in the social and political sciences, environmental studies, media and cultural studies and philosophy.

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

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,Atechnological innovation, transport and work. 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.A 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).