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Ulrich Beck

Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil

Revised and extended English edition in 2012
Ulrich Beck
Foto: Ulrich Beck
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Ulrich Beck (1944 - 2015) was Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1992 to 2009 and Principal Investigator of the ERC project: »Methodological Cosmopolitanism – In the Laboratory of Climate Change«. He was British Journal of Sociology Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and a professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. Among numerous other accolades and honours, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award – For Most Distinguished Contribution to Futures Research der International Sociological Association at the 2017 World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama.

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The world is a state of turmoil. From the financial crisis to the chaos in the eurozone, from the Arab uprisings to protests in Athens, Barcelona, New York and elsewhere, many of the familiar frameworks are collapsing and we have to find new ways to orient ourselves in a world undergoing rapid change.

Of course, it is necessary for political leaders to address local issues and react to people’s specific demands, but without a cosmopolitan outlook, such a reaction is likely to be inadequate. Ulrich Beck’s Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil is a demonstration of cosmopolitan politics in practice. It is more than a mirror: it is a magnifying glass that brings into focus the processes that are transforming our world and highlights the great challenges we face today.

»Global domestic politics«, the concept introduced and developed by Beck, is much more than a political theory, a philosophical utopia (or dystopia), a governance programme or a mental state: it is the reality of our times. Beck turns the argument that ‘global domestic politics’ is an unrealistic ideology on its head, arguing that it is the proponents of the national who are the idealists. They view reality through the obsolete lenses of the nation-state and thus cannot see the profound global changes that are transforming our reality. Global domestic politics is therefore a perspective, a political reality and a normative idea. And it is the critical theory of our times since it challenges the most profound truths which we hold dear: the truths of the nation.

Praise

»The book […] is very assertive and possesses something that might be described as intellectual anger.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»By the collection’s end, the questions that one glimpses at the beginning remain. But Beck has given them a distinctly stronger foundation. « pw-portal.de 

Other publications

Das deutsche Europa/German Europe (2012)

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Fernliebe/Love at a Distance (2011)

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Der eigene Gott/The Personal God (2008)

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Was ist Globalisierung?/What is Globalisation? (2007)

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Weltrisikogesellschaft/World Risk Society (2007)

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Das ganz normale Chaos der Liebe/The Normal Chaos of Love (2005)

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Der kosmopolitische Blick oder: Krieg ist Frieden/The Cosmopolitan Perspective or: War is Peace (2004)

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Das kosmopolitische Europa/Cosmopolitan Europe (2004)

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Macht und Gegenmacht im globalen Zeitalter/Power in the Global Age (2002)

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Risikogesellschaft/Risk Society (1986)

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