The Reinvention of Politics
Rethinking Modernity in the Global Social Order
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Reinvention of Politics by Ulrich Beck
Book DescriptionThose who advocate ideas about "postmodernity" and "post--industrialism" offer radical critiques of existing social and political institutions. But they provide very little in place of those institutions. It is all very well to criticize the limitations of social democracy, the welfare state, trade unionism, and social classes as agents of change, but once these have been thrown into crisis what other institutions do we have to depend on? The Reinvention of Politics, suggests we should think again about forging a new model of politics for our times. An active, devolved civil society, Beck argues, can sustain the claim that modernity is inherently democratic. For many issues now -- for example, those involving technology, environment protest, the family, or gender relations -- belong to the domain of what the author calls "subpolitics". The postmodern critique of modernity, in Becka s view, is based on mistaken generalizations about a transitional phase in the evolution of modern society. What is needed, he argues, is the reinvention of politics, corresponding to th new demands of a society which remains modern, but which has progressed beyond the earlier form of industrial society. This book will be essential reading for second--year undergraduates and above in the fields of social and political theory, sociology and political science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745617589
(230mm x 154mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 23-Dec-1996
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.
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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 is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich.
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