La Sociedad Del Riesgo/ The Risk Society: Hacia Una Nueva Modernidad
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La Sociedad Del Riesgo/ The Risk Society: Hacia Una Nueva Modernidad

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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 c...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published June 28th 2006 by Ediciones Paidos Iberica (first published 1986)
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This is a remarkable book – but not least because it is so incredibly famous, even though I’ve only started hearing about it over the last couple of years. As it says in the Introduction, this book sold 60,000 copies in its first five years. That is pretty remarkable given it is a book on social theory. But I’ve found it quoted everywhere. I had to read this because I was starting to feel like the woman who was asked what she though of seeing Hamlet for their first time who said, “It was alright...more

Fucking germans. Although Beck is originally polish.

My teacher said that we should read this book, because it`s well written. It isn`t.

Ulrich Beck is a pretencious fool. His book is not scientifical, not well written, and his ideas aren`t new, or original.

Still, everyone should read this book.

Why? Two reasons.

First, the ideas introduced are true. Althought Beck doesn`t supply the scientific proofs, those who came before him did. Read the original sources.

Second, these ideas, points to bigger,...more
Книга сравнительно старенькая. Написана фактически живым классиком :) современной немецкой философии и социологии Ульрихом Беком. В основу книги легли тренды и проблемы Германии середины 90-х, но, как ни странно, для мира (и России особенно), книга не потеряла своей актуальности.

Сразу скажу, за что поставил "троечку": 1) читается архи-тяжело, через авторско-переводческий язык просто не продраться; 2) местами аргументация автора ой как хромает! :)

Про что книга? Собственно, основных идей две: 1) с...more
This book is full of interesting points about the problems of modernization and the resulting implications for society. Of course, because it's a sociology book, those points are buried in pages upon pages of rigid prose. Also, the phrase "On the other hand" appears at least fifty times throughout the text, sometimes twice per page. It's not a bad read, but don't expect it to be a fun one.
Risk society might in many ways no longer be an accurate account of how we are intertwined and guided by our perceptions of risk. However, the basic idea that we are guided by our constant quest for mitigation is as true as ever.
Really a very interesting book, but like most Sociology text books really could get the point across in half the words used.
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