The Politics of Risk Society

The Politics of Risk Society

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This volume opens a dialogue between Ulrich Beck's sociology of "Risk Society", and key thinkers and opinion leaders from the world of politics and policy-making. It explores the way people perceive risk and integrate change in their lives - insisting that these are essential foces driving policy development today. New patterns of risk and uncertainty threaten the stability of traditional institutions in the world today. To make sense of these profound changes in people's lifes, new politics for the 21st century are invented. People must understand the dynamic forces which are transforming their lives. A new politics must engage actively with people's life experience. Contributions from Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens, Susie Orbach, John Gray, Ray Pahl, Martin Woollacott, Anna Coote and Patricia Hewitt explore the daily experience of risk - from intimate relationships to global warming - and offer their analysis and insight into how we understand this changing world.
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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 443g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 074561924X
  • 9780745619248

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Politics of risk society, Ulrich Beck; risk society - the context of British politics; lessons from Lloyds - the limits of insurance, Adam Raphael; nature bites back, John Gray; risky business, safety, Martin Woollacott; risk society, politics and BSE, Robin Grove-White; procrastination, precaution and the global bamble, Stephen Tindale; once the men in white coats held the promise of a better future, John Durant; there's method in the magic, Pat Kane; technology and democracy, Patricia Hewitt; people in distress, Susie Orbach; friendship - the social glue of contemporary society?, Ray Pahl; the politics of prevention, Marton Woollacott; risk and public policy - towards a high-trust democracy, Anna Coote.
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