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Twenty years ago Ulrich Beck published Risk Society, a book that called our attention to the dangers of environmental catastrophes and changed the way we think about contemporary societies. During the last two decades, the dangers highlighted by Beck have taken on new forms and assumed ever greater significance. Terrorism has shifted to a global arena, financial crises hav..more
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Published January 14th 2009 by Polity Press (first published 2007)
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0745642012 (ISBN13: 9780745642017)
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Oct 11, 2017Trevor rated it it was amazing
There are times when someone says something and it seems so obvious it isn’t all that clear why you hadn’t thought of it yourself. Beck is most famous for a previous book he wrote called Risk Society – I think this proved to be the best-selling books of sociology of all time. This one is basically him returning to that topic years later to show what his further thinking has involved and how the world has progressed in the meantime. And by meantime you have to know that things had gotten particul..more
Interesting analysis of the risks and global threats and how governments face them
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Ulrich Beck was a German sociologist. He coined the term risk society and was a professor of Sociology at Munich University and the London School of Economics.
“What ‘relations of production’ in capitalist society represented for Karl Marx, ‘relations of definition’ represent for risk society. Both concern relations of domination (Beck 2002; Goldblatt 1996). Among the relations of definition are the rules, institutions and capabilities which specify how risks are to be identified in particular contexts (for example, within nation-states, but also in relations between them). They form at the legal, epistemological and cultural power matrix in which risk politics is organized (see chapters 9 and 10). Relations of definition power can accordingly be explored through four clusters of questions:” — 1 likes
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