Social Theory in the Real World is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings. The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globa

A Risk Society?

A risk society?

It would be no exaggeration to suggest that debates over ‘risk’ and the emergence of a ‘risk society’ represent one of the abiding obsessions of both social science and the media at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is certainly true to say that you cannot pick up a newspaper or watch the news on the television without being told about which life-threatening disease, impending environmental disaster or moral danger currently threatens the very core of your everyday life. AIDS is a global disease which apparently threatens us all, hurricanes are forging their path across the earth's surface as we speak, and we simply cannot let our children play on the streets, because to do so would be to ...

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