Reflexive Modernization

Politics, Tradition and Aesthetics in the Modern Social Order

Author: Ulrich Beck,Anthony Giddens,Scott Lash

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804724722

Category: Social Science

Page: 225

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Three prominent social thinkers discuss how modern society is undercutting its formations of class, stratum, occupations, sex roles, the nuclear family, and more. Reflexive modernization, or the way one kind of modernization undercuts and changes another, has wide ranging implications for contemporary social and cultural theory, as this provocative book demonstrates.
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Reflexive Modernisierung

eine Kontroverse

Author: Ulrich Beck,Anthony Giddens,Scott Lash

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518117057

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 363

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Environment and Global Modernity

Author: Gert Spaargaren,Arthur P J Mol,Frederick H Buttel

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

ISBN: 9780761967668

Category: Social Science

Page: 257

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This accomplished book argues that we can only make sense of environmental issues if we consider them as part of a more encompassing process of social transformation. It asks whether there is an emerging consensus between social scientists on the central issues in the debate on environmental change, and if concerns about the environment constitute a major prop to the process of globalization? The book provides a thorough discussion of the central themes in environmental sociology, identifying two traditions: ecological modernization theory and risk society theory.
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Modernization Science

The Principles and Methods of National Advancement

Author: Chuanqi He

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642254594

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 648

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Depending on their national level of income, development and modernization, all countries in the world can be generally categorized as either advanced or developing. Studies on why advanced countries continue to develop, how they maintain their level of development, and how developing countries enter into the advanced club fall into the field of “modernization science,” which is an emerging interdisciplinary science. This monograph, the first English book available on “modernization science,” interprets its concepts, methodologies, general theories, first and second modernization, six level-specific, six field-specific and three sector-specific modernizations, modernization policy and evaluation, and the principles and methods of national development since the 18th century. It provides clear, systematic, up-to-date information on this new discipline with more than 173 figures and 265 tables, and covers 131 countries and 97% of the global population. A comprehensive outlook on world modernization is presented from a Chinese perspective.
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Modernity: After modernity

Author: Malcolm Waters

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415201865

Category: Social Science

Page: 2080

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World at Risk

Author: Ulrich Beck

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 074568162X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Twenty years ago Ulrich Beck published Risk Society, a book that called our attention to the dangers of environmental catastrophes and changed the way we think about contemporary societies. During the last two decades, the dangers highlighted by Beck have taken on new forms and assumed ever greater significance. Terrorism has shifted to a global arena, financial crises have produced worldwide consequences that are difficult to control and politicians have been forced to accept that climate change is not idle speculation. In short, we have come to see that today we live in a world at risk. A new feature of our world risk society is that risk is produced for political gain. This political use of risk means that fear creeps into modern life. A need for security encroaches on our liberty and our view of equality. However, Beck is anything but an alarmist and believes that the anticipation of catastrophe can fundamentally change global politics. We have the opportunity today to reconfigure power in terms of what Beck calls a 'cosmopolitan material politics’. World at Risk is a timely and far-reaching analysis of the structural dynamics of the modern world, the global nature of risk and the future of global politics by one of the most original and exciting social thinkers writing today.
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Reification, Or, The Anxiety of Late Capitalism

Author: Timothy Bewes

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859846858

Category: Philosophy

Page: 334

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Reification is the process by which an idea is transformed into a thing. A useful metaphor for the effects of capitalism on society, it offers a materialist or physical explanation for a wide range of ideological phenomena from branding and national identity, to racial and sexual prejudice, to recent concepts like spin and globalization. At a time when such phenomena define our world to an unprecedented degree, the concept of reification ought to enjoy greater currency than ever. Yet recent thinkers have expressed deep reservations about the concept and the term has become marginalized in the humanities and social sciences. Eschewing this trend, Timothy Bewes opens up a new formulation of the theory, claiming that, in this highly reflective age of late capitalism, reification itself is inseparable from the anxiety people feel towards it. Drawing upon work by Lukacs, Kierkegaard, Proust, and Melville, among others, he outlines a theory that promises to close the gap between politics and truth, art and experience, and philosophy and real life.
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Intellektuelle Grenzgänge

Pierre Bourdieu und Ulrich Beck zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik

Author: Hubert Wissing

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531902180

Category: Political Science

Page: 370

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Soziologen sind Beobachter und Interpreten der modernen Gesellschaft. Ihr soziologischer Blick kann jedoch niemals ein rein theoretischer sein, denn Soziologen sind Teil ihres Untersuchungsgegenstands, der Gesellschaft. Zu dieser unvermeidlichen Praxisnähe kommt für sie die Herausforderung, mit ihrem soziologischen Wissen Optionen zur gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung aufzeigen und die von ihnen beobachteten Strukturen und Prozesse beeinflussen zu können. Pierre Bourdieu und Ulrich Beck stehen als Soziologen und Intellektuelle mit ihrem Werk und ihrer Biographie für das Austesten der Grenze zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik. In zwei miteinander verknüpften Fallstudien werden ihre Grenzgänge nachvollzogen. Das Agieren der Intellektuellen wird vor dem Hintergrund des Denkens als Soziologen aufgearbeitet.
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The Green State

Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty

Author: Robyn Eckersley

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262262590

Category: Political Science

Page: 348

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What would constitute a definitively "green" state? In this important new book, Robyn Eckersley explores what it might take to create a green democratic state as an alternative to the classical liberal democratic state, the indiscriminate growth-dependent welfare state, and the neoliberal market-focused state—seeking, she writes, "to navigate between undisciplined political imagination and pessimistic resignation to the status quo." In recent years, most environmental scholars and environmentalists have characterized the sovereign state as ineffectual and have criticized nations for perpetuating ecological destruction. Going consciously against the grain of much current thinking, this book argues that the state is still the preeminent political institution for addressing environmental problems. States remain the gatekeepers of the global order, and greening the state is a necessary step, Eckersley argues, toward greening domestic and international policy and law. The Green State seeks to connect the moral and practical concerns of the environmental movement with contemporary theories about the state, democracy, and justice. Eckersley's proposed "critical political ecology" expands the boundaries of the moral community to include the natural environment in which the human community is embedded. This is the first book to make the vision of a "good" green state explicit, to explore the obstacles to its achievement, and to suggest practical constitutional and multilateral arrangements that could help transform the liberal democratic state into a postliberal green democratic state. Rethinking the state in light of the principles of ecological democracy ultimately casts it in a new role: that of an ecological steward and facilitator of transboundary democracy rather than a selfish actor jealously protecting its territory.
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European Cosmopolitanism in Question

Author: R. Robertson,A. Krossa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230360289

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

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Including a stellar line-up of international scholars, this book is an ambitious analysis of cosmopolitanism that will push the debate into new arenas, open up new lines of inquiry and have an impact on the study of globalization and global processes for years to come.
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Sociological Theory and the Environment

Classical Foundations, Contemporary Insights

Author: Riley E. Dunlap

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742501867

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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This comprehensive survey and assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies and their 'natural' biophysical environment touches on and addresses virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in environmental sociology today. At the same time, the book aims to go beyond an inventory of environmental sociological theory by stressing how new ground can be broken in the articulation of environmental sociology with major classical and contemporary sociological theories.
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Risk

Author: Deborah Lupton

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415183338

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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In this lively and engaging introduction to one of today's major sociocultural concepts, Deborah Lupton examines why risk has come to such prominence recently.
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Globalization and Everyday Life

Author: Larry Ray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134327005

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

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Globalization and Everyday Life provides an accessible account of globalization by developing two themes in particular. First, globalization is an outcome of structural and cultural processes that manifest in different ways in economy, politics, culture and organizations. So the globalized world is increasingly heterogeneous, unequal and conflictual rather than integrated and ordered. Secondly, globalization is sustained and created by the everyday actions of people and institutions. Both of these have far-reaching consequences for everyday life and are fully explored in this volume. Larry Ray skilfully guides students through the various aspects of the globalization debate and illustrates key arguments with reference to specific topics including nation, state and cosmopolitanism, virtual societies, transnationals and development. This innovative book provides this information in a clear and concise manner suitable for the undergraduate student studying sociology, social geography, globalization and development studies.
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Cosmopolitan Europe

Author: Ulrich Beck,Edgar Grande

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745694594

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Europe is Europe’s last remaining realistic political utopia. But Europe remains to be understood and conceptualized. This historically unique form of international community cannot be explained in terms of the traditional concepts of politics and the state, which remain trapped in the straightjacket of methodological nationalism. Thus, if we are to understand cosmopolitan Europe, we must radically rethink the conventional categories of social and political analysis. Just as the Peace of Westphalia brought the religious civil wars of the seventeenth century to an end through the separation of church and state, so too the separation of state and nation represents the appropriate response to the horrors of the twentieth century. And just as the secular state makes the exercise of different religions possible, so too cosmopolitan Europe must guarantee the coexistence of different ethnic, religious and political forms of life across national borders based on the principle of cosmopolitan tolerance. The task the authors have set themselves in this book is nothing less than to rethink Europe as an idea and a reality. It represents an attempt to understand the process of Europeanization in light of the theory of reflexive modernization and thereby to redefine it at both the theoretical and the political level. This book completes Ulrich Beck’s trilogy on ‘cosmopolitan realism’, the volumes of which complement each other and can be read independently. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the key social and political developments of our time.
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Understanding Contemporary Society

Theories of the Present

Author: Gary Browning,Abigail Halcli,Frank Webster

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761959267

Category: Social Science

Page: 502

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Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t
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Risk Society

Towards a New Modernity

Author: Professor Ulrich Beck

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446223420

Category:

Page: 272

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This panoramic analysis of the condition of Western societies has been hailed as a classic. This first English edition has taken its place as a core text of contemporary sociology alongside earlier typifications of society as postindustrial and current debates about the social dimensions of the postmodern. Underpinning the analysis is the notion of the risk society'. The changing nature of society's relation to production and distribution is related to the environmental impact as a totalizing, globalizing economy based on scientific and technical knowledge becomes more central to social organization and social conflict.
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Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture

Participatory Learning and Adaptive Management in Times of Environmental Uncertainty

Author: N. G. Roling,M. A. E. Wagemakers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794817

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

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A unique examination of the social implications of adopting more ecologically sound agricultural practices.
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Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory

From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today

Author: Anthony Elliott,Masataka Katagiri,Atsushi Sawai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317580516

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory breaks new ground in providing a detailed, systematic appraisal of the major traditions of social theory prominent in Japan today – from theories of identity and individualization to globalization studies. The volume introduces readers to the rich diversity of social-theoretical critique in contemporary Japanese social theory. The editors have brought together some of the most influential Japanese social scientists to assess current trends in Japanese social theory, including Kazuhisa Nishihara, Aiko Kashimura, Masahiro Ogino, Yumiko Ehara and Kiyomitsu Yui. The volume also contains dialogues with these Japanese contributors from authoritative Western social theorists – including, among others, Axel Honneth, Roland Robertson, Bryan S. Turner, Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott – to reflect on such developments. The result is an exciting, powerful set of intellectual exchanges. The book introduces, contextualizes and critiques social theories in the broader context of Japanese society, culture and politics – with particular emphasis upon Japanese engagements and revisions of major traditions of social thought. Divided into two sections, the book surveys traditions of social thought in Japanese social science and presents the major social issues facing contemporary Japan. The book will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, social theory, critical theory, psychoanalysis, risk, gender studies, feminist studies, self and identity studies, media studies and cultural studies.
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