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Carefully analyzing the impact of the rise of consumer society it deftly argues that the saturation of the modern ideals of progress, individualism, and the democratic state has limited lifestyle regulation to stressing the self-responsibility of individuals within a free market. The book critically examines:Neo-Liberal ideology and the free marketThe Sociology of ModernityThe New Consumer SocietyCitizenship in Mass SocietyThe power of AutonomyThe interaction of Regulation and Agency

Re-inventing the Social Contract
Re-inventing the social contract

The conception of the social contract is today therefore very difficult to defend, because it bears no relation to the facts.

(EmileDurkheim, 1893)
Dissolution of ‘Society’?

This book began with the predicament of prevention, which arises from the vast human capacity to control nature, including human biology and psychology, as compared to society's inability to regulate people's lifestyle. Technology and science can help us immensely to avoid risks and harm caused by lifestyle choices, but they are of little use without the co-operation of consumers and citizens themselves. The problems are of a moral sort. The institutions of contemporary society, the state, the family, the school, have insufficient moral resources to secure people's co-operation, at least not with the techniques we ...

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