World at Risk
By (author) Ulrich Beck
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World at Risk by Ulrich Beck
Book DescriptionTwenty 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745642017
(225mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ulrich Beck
Metamorphosis of the World, Hardback (March 2016)
* 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, Hardback (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 is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich.
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