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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
Chapter 6: On the Way to a Post-Familial Family: From a Community of Need to Elective Affinities
On the Way to a Post-Familial Family: From a Community of Need to Elective Affinities
Prologue: Stages in a Controversial Debate
In Western industrial societies of the 1950s and 1960s, paeans were being sung to the family. In West Germany it was enshrined in the Constitution and ...