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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

The Ambivalent Social Structure: Poverty and Wealth in A ‘Self-Driven Culture’
The ambivalent social structure: Poverty and wealth in a ‘self-driven culture’

Where individualization has been carried through, there arises what we would call an ‘own life culture’ or ‘self-culture’. This should be understood in a twofold ...

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