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

Autonomy: The Contracting Individual

Autonomy: The contracting individual

At the same time as real forces essential to socialism grow, also the technical means of realizing socialism will advance. The nation will occupy more and more economic functions, which is the prelude pregnant of socialism. The great urban industrial communities will increasingly enter the centre of the problem of property and the domain of collective administration of hygiene, housing, lighting, education, nutrition and democracy.1

(JeanJaurès, 1934)

The Contracting Society and Politics of Partnership

The contemporary mode of governance appears to be pervaded with contracts. The market – the contract of purchase – has taken over functions that since Smith's time have been taken for granted as the responsibility of the state: protection against external enemies, the maintenance of legal order ...

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