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This wide-ranging and accessible contribution to the study of risk, ecology and environment helps us to understand the politics of ecology and the place of social theory in making sense of environmental issues. The book provides insights into the complex dynamics of change in `risk societies'.

Risk Society and the Provident State
Risk society and the provident state
UlrichBeckTranslated byMartinChalmers

If modernisation is understood as a process of innovation which has become autonomous, then it must also be accepted that modernity itself ages. The other aspect of this ageing of industrial modernity is the emergence of risk society. This concept describes a phase of development of modern society in which the social, political, ecological and individual risks created by the momentum of innovation increasingly elude the control and protective institutions of industrial society.

Between Industrial Society and Risk Society

Two phases may be distinguished. The first is a stage in which consequences and self-endangerment are systematically produced, but are not the subject of public debate or at the centre of political conflict. This phase is dominated ...

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