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Beck (1992). Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity

Bibliographic details:

Beck, U. (1992). Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (Vol. 17). SAGE.‏


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.