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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

From ‘Living for Others’ to ‘A Life of One's Own’: Individualization and Women*
From ‘living for others’ to ‘a life of one's own’: Individualization and women*
Women in the Individualization Process: Between ‘No Longer’ and ‘Not Yet’

To try to assess the position of women in German society is like asking ...

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