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Discourses of Risk and Utopia
Discourses of risk and utopia

Recent discussions have placed not only risk but utopia at the centre of contemporary social theory. They contain both the dystopian warning ‘if this goes on and the associated utopian ‘if only They raise the questions which brought me to sociology: What is to be done? How shall we live? -although sociology and sociologists resolutely refused to try to answer these questions, first in pursuit of a chimerical value-neutrality and then in insistence on relativism. In reinstating these questions, works by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens have moved away from a discourse in which utopianism was rejected out of hand, as something associated with modernity and rationality, and with totalitarianism, fascism, Stalinism, communism and socialism, all ...

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