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Barbara Adam & Joost van Loon

In: The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory

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Introduction: Repositioning Risk; the Challenge for Social Theory
Introduction: Repositioning risk; the challenge for social theory
BarbaraAdam
Joostvan Loon

Since the first publication in Germany of Ulrich Beck's Risikogesellschaft (1986, translated as Risk Society, 1992), a book which in many ways is not only a visionary excursion into our present condition but also a prophetic perspective on the future, Beck's work has continued to challenge the social science tradition and to initiate some of the most interesting debates in contemporary social theory. This volume brings together some of these debates and it repositions perspectives on risk with reference to recent developments in nuclear, genetic, reproductive and communication technologies. It explores socio-political and socio-scientific issues associated with these technologies across the full spectrum of contemporary existence, ranging from the ...

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