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Author Beck, Ulrich, 1944-2015, author

Title Ulrich Beck : pioneer in cosmopolitan sociology and risk society / Ulrich Beck
Published Cham ; New York : Springer, [2014]
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Series SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice ; 18
SpringerBriefs on pioneers in science and practice ; 18
Contents Mads P. Sørensen and Allan Christiansen Biography: Ulrich Beck -- Bibliography -- Dirk Matten: The Risk Society Thesis in Environmental Politics and Management -- A Global Perspective -- Ino Rossi: Reflexive Modernization -- Yishai Blank: The Reality of Cosmopolitanism -- Zygmunt Bauman: Jerusalem vs. Athens Revisited -- Incalculable Futures: World Risk Society and its Social and Political Implications -- Individualization Is Eroding Traditions Worldwide: A Comparison between Europe and China -- Beyond Class and Nation: Reframing Social Inequalities in a Globalizing World -- The Two Faces of Religion
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes PDF title page (viewed April 3, 2014)
Subject Beck, Ulrich, 1944-2015.
Sociologists -- Biography.
Sociology -- Research.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3319049895 (print)
3319049909 (electronic bk.)
9783319049892 (print)
9783319049908 (electronic bk.)