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Ulrich Beck

World Risk Society - On the Search for Lost Security

(German title: Weltrisikogesellschaft)
ca. 439 pages
Clothbound
2007
Ulrich Beck
Foto: Ulrich Beck
© Isolde Ohlbaum

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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In 1986, the year of the Chernobyl reactor disaster, Suhrkamp Verlag published Risk Society by Ulrich Beck, a classic of sociological diagnostic, translated into over thirty languages. In 1999, World Risk Society has been published in English by Polity Press. Much has happened since then, our understanding of global risks and our attention have increased considerably.

World Risk Society: On the Search for Lost Security reflects this process. It is the potentialities of the World Risk Society, destructive and constructive, that Beck explores in his new international bestseller.

The scope of global danger in the Risk Society of the eighties seems idyllic in comparison to the present: The RAF terrorists seem »homey« alongside the world-wide presence of al-Qaida, the current financial crises that are devastating lives, and the fact that even economists are starting to see that a massive ecological catastrophe is hardly some science fiction future.

Risks today have the destructive power of wars and occur in every field. New to the World Risk Society is the manipulation of the appearance of risk for political gain. The result: fear becomes a part of daily existence. Security supercedes freedom and equality. Despite this, Ulrich Beck is anything but an alarmist; the anticipation of catastrophe is changing international politics fundamentally. It is creating a new common consciousness of the possibilities of a »cosmopolitan political realism«.

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Das deutsche Europa/German Europe (2012)

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Fernliebe/Love at a Distance (2011)

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Nachrichten aus der Weltinnenpolitik/Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil (2010)

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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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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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