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The Risk Society and Beyond
Critical Issues for Social Theory

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February 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 arguments in Risk Society and develops a range of critical discussions of aspects of this and other works of Beck.

Barbara Adam and Joost van Loon
Introduction
Repositioning Risk: The Challenge for Social Theory  
 
PART ONE: RECASTING RISK CULTURE
Alan Scott
Risk or Angst Society?
Two Views of Risk, Consciousness and Community  
Scott Lash
Risk Culture
Hilary Rose
Risk, Trust and Scepticism in the Age of New Genetics
 
PART TWO: CHALLENGING BIG SCIENCE
Alan Irwin, Stuart Allan and Ian Welsh
Nuclear Risks
Three Problematics  
Lindsay Prior, Peter Glasner and Ruth McNally
Genotechnology
Three Challenges to Risk Legitimation  
Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
Health and Responsibility
From Social Change to Technological Change and Vice Versa  
 
PART THREE: MEDIATING TECHNOLOGIES OF RISK
Claudia Castaneda
Child Organ Stealing Stories
Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies  
Howard Caygill
Liturgies of Fear
Biotechnology and Culture  
Joost van Loon
Virtual Risks in an Age of Cybernetic Reproduction
 
PART FOUR: P(L)AYING FOR FUTURES
Deirdre Boden
Information, Instantaneity and Global Futures Trading
Ruth Levitas
Discourses of Risk and Utopia
Ulrich Beck
Risk Society Revisited
Theory, Politics and Research Programmes  

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