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Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arg

Introduction: Repositioning Risk; the Challenge for Social Theory
Introduction: Repositioning risk; the challenge for social theory
BarbaraAdam
Joostvan Loon

Since the first publication in Germany of Ulrich Beck's Risikogesellschaft (1986, translated as Risk Society, 1992), a book which in many ways is not only a visionary excursion into our present condition but also a prophetic perspective on the future, Beck's work has continued to challenge the social science tradition and to initiate some of the most interesting debates in contemporary social theory. This volume brings together some of these debates and it repositions perspectives on risk with reference to recent developments in nuclear, genetic, reproductive and communication technologies. It explores socio-political and socio-scientific issues associated with these technologies across the full spectrum of contemporary existence, ranging from the ...

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