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Virtual Risks in an Age of Cybernetic Reproduction
Virtual risks in an age of cybernetic reproduction
Joostvan Loon

In this chapter, I am concerned with the future of the risk society. This future is placed in the context of a world marked by an ongoing restructuration due to the influence of electronic mediation. The increasing pervasiveness of electronic mediation in everyday life, in particular in industrialized societies, has had important yet hardly acknowledged transfonnative consequences for the very nature of ‘risk’ and the social conditions and institutions it engenders. I will argue that whereas the language of science and politics still appropriates a rudimentary distinction between real and imaginary risks, they are better understood as virtual risks. Moreover, only by scrutinizing the new sociations that have become ...

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