Futures of Modernity: Challenges for Cosmopolitical Thought and Practice ed. by Michael Heinlein etal. (review)

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Abstract

With the passing of sociologist Ulrich Beck in January 2015, we lost one of our most prolific and versatile scholars of the dynamics of modernity. Beck was catapulted to instant notoriety with the appearance in 1986 of his Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. In this book he developed the idea that modernity was being superseded by a new social formation based on efforts to define and manage the unintended consequences of modernization itself. This idea of “reflexive modernization,” aka the “modernization of modernity,” soon engaged social theorists of the caliber of Anthony Giddens and Scott Lash in an extended collaboration. “Risk” was in the air.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-975
Number of pages3
JournalTechnology and culture
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

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