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In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions - put forward by eight modern social theorists - and analyse how these have informed sociological inquiries into people’s lives in today’s social world. The book discusses the works of the following social theorists: • Anthony Giddens • Pierre Bourdieu • Bruno Latour • Donna Haraway • Zygmunt Bauman • Jean-Francois Lyotard • Michel Foucault • Jean Baudrillard In each chapter, the authors identify the key components of each theorist’s conception of society and apply the theories outlined to specific, modern phenomena. This connection with modern-day phenomena allows for a critical interrogation of issues in contemporary society, including: Inequality and Capital, Power, Fear and Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, Suffering, and Climate Change.

Anthony Giddens: Living with Radical Modernity
Anthony Giddens: Living with Radical Modernity
Part 1: Radical Modernity

In The Consequences of Modernity published in the early 1990s Giddens argued that, although not yet living in a postmodern world, we were nonetheless witnessing ‘the emergence of ways of life and forms of social organisation’ that were different to those facilitated by ‘modern institutions’ (CM 52). This indicated what he refers to as a radicalised version of modernity – a future-oriented reflexive and globalised form (RW). This version of modernity is for Giddens unsettling: ‘Its most conspicuous features – the dissolution of evolutionism, the disappearance of historical teleology, the recognition of thoroughgoing, constitutive reflexivity, together with the evaporating of the privileged position of the West – move us into ...

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