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Cosmopolitan Vision by Ulrich Beck
Book DescriptionIn this new book, Ulrich Beck develops his now widely used concepts of second modernity, risk society and reflexive sociology into a radical new sociological analysis of the cosmopolitan implications of globalization. Beck draws extensively on empirical and theoretical analyses of such phenomena as migration, war and terror, as well as a range of literary and historical works, to weave a rich discursive web in which analytical, critical and methodological themes intertwine effortlessly.Contrasting a 'cosmopolitan vision' or 'outlook' sharpened by awareness of the transformative and transgressive impacts of globalization with the 'national outlook' neurotically fixated on the familiar reference points of a world of nations-states-borders, sovereignty, exclusive identities - Beck shows how even opponents of globalization and cosmopolitanism are trapped by the logic of reflexive modernization into promoting the very processes they are opposing. A persistent theme running through the book is the attempt to recover an authentically European tradition of cosmopolitan openness to otherness and tolerance of difference. What Europe needs, Beck argues, is the courage to unite forms of life which have grown out of language, skin colour, nationality or religion with awareness that, in a radically insecure world, all are equal and everyone is different.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745633992
(228mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ulrich Beck
Metamorphosis of the World, Paperback (April 2017)
* Before his sudden death in January 2015, Ulrich Beck was one of the world s foremost sociologists. This new book is the last book he wrote before his death; it was completed in December 2014 * In this book Beck introduces a new concept 'metamorphosis' to describe what is happening in our world today.
German Europe, Paperback (September 2014)
The euro crisis is tearing Europe apart. But the heart of the matter is that, as the crisis unfolds, the basic rules of European democracy are being subverted or turned into their opposite, bypassing parliaments, governments and EU institutions.
Distant Love, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by Ulrich Beck
Love and family life in the global age: grandparents in Salonika and their grandson in London speak together every evening via Skype. A U.S. citizen and her Swiss husband fret over large telephone bills and high travel costs. A European couple can finally have a baby with the help of an Indian surrogate mother.
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Author Biography - Ulrich Beck
Ulrich Beck, Professor of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich
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