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Mads P. Sørensen

Ulrich Beck: An Introduction to the Theory of Second Modernity and the Risk Society

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Since the 1980s, Ulrich Beck has worked extensively on his theories of second modernity and the risk society. The book Ulrich Beck provides an extensive and thorough introduction to the German sociologist’s collected works. The book covers his sociology of work, his theories of individualization, globalization and subpolitics, his world famous theory of the risk society and second modernity as well as his latest work on cosmopolitanism.
Focusing on the theory outlined in Beck’s chief work, Risk Society, and on his theory of second modernity, the book explains the sociologist’s ideas and writing in a clear and accessible way. Largely concerned with the last 25 years of Beck’s authorship, the book nevertheless takes a retrospective look at his works from the late seventies and early eighties, and reviews the critique that has been raised against Beck’s sociology through the years. Each chapter of Ulrich Beck comes with a list of suggested further reading, as well as explanations of core terms. The book also includes a biography of Beck, and full bibliographies of his work in both English and German.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages186
ISBN (Print)9780415693691
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesRoutledge advances in sociology

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