Carefully analyzing the impact of the rise of consumer society it deftly argues that the saturation of the modern ideals of progress, individualism, and the democratic state has limited lifestyle regulation to stressing the self-responsibility of individuals within a free market. The book critically examines:Neo-Liberal ideology and the free marketThe Sociology of ModernityThe New Consumer SocietyCitizenship in Mass SocietyThe power of AutonomyThe interaction of Regulation and Agency

Lifestyle and the Social Bond

Lifestyle and the social bond

Machines have less problems.

I'd like to be a machine,

Wouldn't you?

AndyWarholModerna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 10/2-17/3 1968

Social Action and the Ambivalent Concept of Society

The latter part of the twentieth century marked a sea change in social thought. Until the last decades of the twentieth century, modern social science had been dominated by the idea that societies exist ‘without a subject’, i.e. that social evolution occurs as if on its own, without participants having much possibility of influencing it. Individuals and groups do have goals and intentions that may fail or succeed, but for the actual outcome at the societal level, the intentionality of social reality is only an illusion. Societies are like natural evolutionary processes, which can no ...

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