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

From Pastoral to Epistolary Power

From pastoral to epistolary power

Clear! is a network for coordinating the resources of professionals, voluntary associations, parents and the rest of the citizenry Its aim is to create a safety net for young people to advance their well-being and to decrease their substance use. Its guiding principles are high quality, voluntary activity, partnership, self-confidence and belief in the future. The focus is primary prevention, occasionally also secondary prevention.

(Clear! project, plan of activities, 2002)

The Predicament of Prevention

Welfare state research has largely ignored the concept of welfare itself, as discussed in the previous chapter. Now we turn to its second caveat, the state as an institution of power. Critics of ‘neo-liberalism’ attribute anti-state rallies to the conquest gained by the market over ...

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