SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice

Ulrich Beck

Pioneer in Cosmopolitan Sociology and Risk Society

Editors: Beck, Ulrich (Ed.)

  • Ulrich Beck is one of the world’s leading sociologists and social thinkers and a Pioneer in Cosmopolitan Sociology and Risk Society
  • This book on the occasion of Ulrich Beck’s 70th birthday presents his work from the perspectives of his peers
  • This unique anthology includes seven key texts by Ulrich Beck - including two unpublished manuscripts: "Incalculable Futures" and "Individualisation Is Eroding Traditions Worldwide"
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About this book

This book presents Ulrich Beck, one of the world’s leading sociologists and social thinkers, as a Pioneer in Cosmopolitan Sociology and Risk Society. His world risk society theory has been confirmed by recent disasters – events that have shaken modern society to the core, signaling the end of an era in which comprehensive insurance could keep us safe. Due to its own successes, modern society now faces failure: while in the past experiments were conducted in a lab, now the whole world is a test bed. Whether nuclear plants, genetically modified organisms, nanotechnology – if any of these experiments went wrong, the consequences would have a global impact and would be irreversible. Beck recommends ignoring the mathematical morality of expert opinions, which seek to identify the level of a given risk by calculating the probability of its occurrence. Instead, man’s fear of collapse should offer an opportunity for international cooperation and a cosmopolitan turn in the social sciences.

Reviews

“The book will be of interest to different readers for different reasons. … The questions and problems raised by the book are of significance across the board in the social sciences; the book is not only addressed to sociologists, but can also provide food for thought in the political sciences. The book undoubtedly reflects the wide recognition and significant international acknowledgement Beck has received.” (Angelika Poferl, European Political Science, Vol. 15, 2016)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Ulrich Beck’s Scientific Leadership Profile

    Beck, Ulrich

    Pages 2-6

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

    Sørensen, Mads P. (et al.)

    Pages 7-13

  • Bibliography

    Beck, Ulrich

    Pages 15-48

  • The Risk Society Thesis in Environmental Politics and Management: A Global Perspective

    Matten, Dirk

    Pages 50-57

  • Reflexive Modernization

    Rossi, Ino

    Pages 59-64

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eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04990-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04989-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ulrich Beck
Book Subtitle
Pioneer in Cosmopolitan Sociology and Risk Society
Editors
  • Ulrich Beck
Series Title
SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04990-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04990-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-04989-2
Series ISSN
2194-3125
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 193
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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