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Individualization argues that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the nature of society and politics. This change hinges around two processes: globalization and individualization. The book demonstrates that individualization is a structural characteristic of highly differentiated societies, and does not imperil social cohesion, but actually makes it possible. Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim argue that it is vital to distinguish between the neo-liberal idea of the free-market individual and the concept of individualization. The result is the most complete discussion of individualization currently available, showing how individualization relates to basic social rights and also paid employment; and concluding that in

A Life of One's Own in a Runaway World: Individualization, Globalization and Politics
A life of one's own in a runaway world: Individualization, globalization and politics

There is hardly a desire more widespread in the West today than to lead ‘a life of your own’. If a traveller in France, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Britain, ...

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