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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'.

Life as a Planning Project
Life as a planning project
ElisabethBeck-GernsheimTranslated byMartinChalmers

‘The idea that human life is something that could be designed and planned is by no means self-evident, but has developed in the course of modernisation.’1 In what follows I want to describe the rise and consequences of this modern planning idea, taking one area – parenthood – as an example. My starting point is the way that spectacular new developments in medicine, biology and genetics are creating ever more possibilities for a deliberate construction of parenthood. ‘Programmed heredity’2 is beginning to be tangible; a ‘human being made to measure’3 is becoming the vision of a possible future. The result may well be the emergence of new tasks for parents, new possibilities as well as new ...

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