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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
Chapter 3: Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of the New Genetics
Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of the New Genetics
Living with Risk but not in a Risk Society
Like many sociologists I found the Risk Society (Beck, 1992) a compelling and optimistic analysis, and yet as someone preoccupied for a number of years with ‘science’ and ‘society’,1 I remain enough of a Gramscian to go on arguing for both optimism of the will and also pessimism of the intellect. Thus I want to support Beck's core and optimistic argument that the only way to manage the risks integral to rapid technological change is through a radically new openness which requires new institutions that will both reflect and create more trust between the manifest social ...