The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory
Publication Year: 2000
Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arg
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: Recasting Risk Culture
- Chapter 1: Risk Society or Angst Society? Two Views of Risk, Consciousness and Community
- Chapter 2: Risk Culture
- Chapter 3: Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of the New Genetics
Part II: Challenging Big Science
- Chapter 4: Nuclear Risks: Three Problematics
- Chapter 5: Genotechnology: Three Challenges to Risk Legitimation
- Chapter 6: Health and Responsibility: From Social Change to Technological Change and Vice Versa
Part III: Mediating Technologies of Risk
- Chapter 7: Child Organ Stealing Stories: Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies
- Chapter 8: Liturgies of Fear: Biotechnology and Culture
- Chapter 9: Virtual Risks in an Age of Cybernetic Reproduction
Part IV: P(I)aying for Futures
© Barbara Adam, Ulrich Beck and Joost Van Loon, 2000
First published 2000
Reprinted 2002, 2005
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Notes on Contributors[Page vi]
Barbara Adam is Professor in Social Theory at the University of Wales in Cardiff and has published widely on time and social theory. Until 1999, she was the founding-editor of Time & Society.
Stuart Allan lectures in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has published widely in the areas of journalism, nuclear issues, cultural theory and media history. He is a series editor with the Open University Press.
Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the Maximilian Universitat in Miinchen. He was previously a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Wales in Cardiff and is now Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim is Professor of Sociology at the University of Erlangen-Niirnberg, Germany. Her research and publications range from the sociology of work and occupations to family studies, gender studies, demographical change and reproductive technologies. Currently, she is working on a project on ‘Multicultural families and ethnic identity’.
Deirdre Boden holds the Chair in Communication at the Copenhagen Business School. Her publications encompass a wide range of topics, including ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, sociology of organizations and social theory.
Claudia Castaneda is Lecturer in Science Studies at Lancaster University. Her main area of interest is post-colonial science and technology studies.
Howard Caygill is Professor of Cultural History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has widely published in the areas of philosophy and cultural studies, in particular on the works of Kant and Walter Benjamin.
Peter Glasner is Research Professor in Sociology at the Centre for Social and Economic Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where since July 1997 he has been Executive Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science. He has published extensively on science policy and the sociology of science.
Alan Irwin is Professor of Sociology at BruneI University. His recent research has focused on regulatory science, environmental sociology and the public understanding of science.
Scott Lash is Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London. His main publications are on theories of culture and modernity.
Ruth Levitas is Reader in Sociology at the University of Bristol. She has written widely on utopianism and contemporary political ideologies.
[Page vii]Ruth McNally is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT), Brunei University. She is a Director of Bio-Infonnation (International) Limited, which has undertaken consultancies on policy and regulation, regarding modem genetic engineering, for the European Commission and the European Parliament. She has published on such far ranging subjects as gene therapy, the social management of genetic engineering, UK environmental policy, bioethics, European biotechnology policy, animal genetic engineering, fox rabies vaccine, patenting in biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and abortion for risk of foetal handicap.
Lindsay Prior is Research Director of the Health and Risk Programme, at the University of Wales, College of Medicine and Cardiff University. His general research interests are in the field of medical sociology. He is currently working on issues relating to the communication of risk in medical consultations.
Hilary Rose is Visiting Research Professor in Sociology at City University, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bradford and Professor of Physic at Gresham College. She has researched and published extensively in the field of social studies of science. Currently she is working on a book on genomics.
Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. His main areas of interest are political and cultural sociology and social theory. He has recently written on intellectuals, on politics and methods in Weber and on theories of globalization.
Joost van Loon works at the Theory, Culture & Society centre of the Nottingham Trent University. He is co-editor of Space and Culture. He has published extensively on issues in social and cultural theory. His current work is on risk and infectious diseases.
Ian Welsh is Lecturer in Sociology, University of Wales, Cardiff. He is author of numerous publications on nuclear power, globalization and risk.
The editors wish to thank all participants of the ‘Risk, Technologies, Futures’ Conference held at the University of Wales in Cardiff on 2nd and 3rd of March, 1996 for their contribution to the very high quality of stimulating debate during and after the meetings. We would also like to thank the School of Social and Administrative Studies of Cardiff University and the British Sociological Association's Theory Group, in particular Alan Scott, for their support. Moreover, we would like to thank Chris and Robert Rojek, Jackie Griffin and Seth Edwards at Sage for facilitating the publication of this edited collection. A final word of thanks goes to Dr Patricia Taraborrelli, who has been of great help with the administrative organization of this project during the early stages of development.