Risk Society and Religion

In the late 1980s, sociologist Ulrich Beck published his seminal work Risk Society. His central thesis articulated that the very success of modernity is putting itself, and ‘us’, under threat. The strongholds of rationality, progress, science, and technology have created ‘goods’ that provide comfort and, healthier and longer lives for many. These products of modernity have at the same time, produced (for all) ‘bads’ as well. These are the new risks that escape the control of both time and space. His work demonstrated that ‘progress’ was heralding new, sometimes invisible but far-reaching threats for the earth and human life. Further, Beck argued that the global risk society is illustrated by anxiety in the face of these threats, including the marked change in the labour markets ...

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