Chapter 2. Risk Society and Reflexive Modernization

  1. Jens O. Zinn Senior Research Fellow
  1. Jens O. Zinn Senior Research Fellow

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301489.ch2

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction

How to Cite

Zinn, J. O. (2008) Risk Society and Reflexive Modernization, in Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction (ed J. O. Zinn), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301489.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153355

Online ISBN: 9781444301489

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Keywords:

  • risk society and reflexive modernization;
  • from risk society and individualization to reflexive modernization;
  • term “risk society” - coined by Beck in his book Risk Society Towards A New Modernity;
  • power of new risks - enforced risk society;
  • self-transformation of social - institutional individualism;
  • political within risk society and reflexive modernization;
  • epistemological status of risk;
  • risks and uncertainties in reflexive modernity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • From Risk Society and Individualization to Reflexive Modernization

  • The Power of New Risks: the Enforced Risk Society

  • The Self-Transformation of the Social: Institutional Individualism

  • The Political within Risk Society and Reflexive Modernization

  • Risks and Uncertainties in Reflexive Modernity

  • Critique

  • Perspectives

  • Further Reading