He began university studies with a focus on law at Freiburgand from onwards studied sociologyphilosophypsychology and political science at the University of Munich. Starting inafter earning a doctoratehe was employed at Munich as a sociologist.
As it says in the Introduction, this book sold 60, copies in its first five years.
That is pretty remarkable given it is a book on social theory. Well, we tend to think of society as being divided by wealth. And that wealth is able to use money to purchase security to protect them from the dispossessed. Gated communities, private schools — you know the drill.
But risk is a very strange thing. The first thing to notice about it is that it works in the inverse to wealth — the poor get to have more than their fair share of risk in all senses. The problem is that if that was the end of the story there would be no story.
We would just have a wealth society and risk would be one more add on or natural consequence. Risk is more the like plague was at the end of the middle ages.
The poor might get the worst part of it, but no one is actually safe. Polluted air, water and beaches are not restricted to the poor. We all get to breath in, we all get to drink.
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Even nation states can avoid risks or legislate them away. As Beck points out, Scandinavia can pass the most stringent anti-pollution laws it likes, but acid rain is still going to kill their trees, because this rain comes from the sulphates belching out of factories in other countries.
Nuclear war funny how the fear of that one seems to have disappeared despite none of the bombs actually going anywhere would kill everyone, not just the poor. The risks from there being no more bees is something for everyone to share, not just poor people. And even manufactured risks — like the risk from global terrorism — are likewise presented as indiscriminate.
What is really interesting here is that the more these risks move into the global sphere a sphere without a legislative body where citizens could impose their will the more people are asked to respond to these risks by applications of their biographies.
By this he means something like what Marx meant when he spoke about the main contradiction of capitalism. For Marx capitalism would eventually fail because production was becoming increasingly social and the product of production was being held increasingly in fewer hands.
Production is social in the sense that no single person really produces any complete thing anymore — to produce anything you need the whole world helping you. That is, the stuff we produce today is only possible if the whole of society exists and works together to make it.
The contradiction Marx was worried about was this social nature of production seemed to be opposed to the private means of gathering the wealth that was produced from this production process. Eventually Marx believed this contradiction would kill off capitalism. It is terribly strange.
Well, risk suffers from the same fate. The more global our risks become the more we are expected to address them as individuals. That is, the more risks are beyond our capacity to have any impact on at all as individuals, the more the consequences of those risks as they are played out in our lives are presented back to us as the manifestation of our own personal choices and decisions.
Like I said, it is all terribly strange. I have to come back to Marx again, sorry. And these people served a purpose. They were always ready and willing to take the jobs of those who were employed. As such, they helped to keep the price of labour down.
The capitalist wanted to suck as much value out of the labour they employed as they could — and so they sought to increase the rate of exploitation by increasing the hours that labour worked and thereby increasing the intensity of that employment. But today we are witnessing quite the opposite of this in many ways.Beck's book, in the tradition of German critical theory, provides a panoramic and abstract overview of contemporary society as dominated by technical risk The greatest strengths of Risk Society are its rich theorizing and its global, often original, insights into the nature of contemporary social forces.
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Risk society is the manner in which modern society organizes in response to risk.
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