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Beck, Ulrich

(1944-) German sociologist, best known for his ‘landmark’ volume Risk Society – Towards a New Modernity (1992, originally 1986) in which he argued that contemporary societies, compared with previous societies, are characterized, not so much by ‘high risk’, but by new kinds of risk arising from REFLEXIVE MODERNIZATION (see U. Beck, A. Giddens and S. Lash, 1994). It is the universality and the inescapability of risk that characterizes the new RISK SOCIETY. Beck's distinctive ideas can be seen as pointing to a ‘third way’ between modernist and postmodernist theories of contemporary society
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Sociologist Ulrich Beck in the giddy 1980s called Germany an elevator society, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded from VWs to Audis and expected their children to rise still further in social status and wealth.
O termo foi utilizado por Anthony Gid dens em suas obras The consequences of modernity (1990) e Modernity and self-identity (1991) e por Ulrich Beck em suas obras Risk Society: towards a new Modernity (1992) e Ecological politics in the age of risk (1994).
Dismissing Giddens' and Ulrich Beck's 'Third Way Left' hypothesis, Mouffe differentiates between 'the political' (equated with antagonism) and 'politics' (that stands for order and human coexistence), and politics has to do with "collective subjects" (p4l) as collective wills crystallise around a conception of the common good which constitutes an important dimension of democratic politics.
Dependiendo de la perspectiva de analisis y las referencias teoricas, los elementos determinantes de la subjetividad expresiva (y, con ello, los rasgos caracteristicos de la individualidad de nuestro tiempo) se han estudiado en relacion con una amplia variedad de fenomenos, entre los que cabe destacar el cambio tecnologico (Kenneth Gergen), el pluralismo ideologico (Peter Berger y Thomas Luckmann), la abolicion de la conciencia historica (Lasch), el capitalismo "flexible" (Sennet), la individualizacion reflexiva (Giddens y Ulrich Beck), el instrumentalismo de la "razon desvinculada" (Taylor) o la "gubernamentalidad" y la "psicopolitica" neoliberal (respectivamente, Nikolas Rose y Byung-Chul Han).
The German sociologist Ulrich Beck, who only recently passed away, talked about this as a "world risk society".
"A philosophy for our time" starts from Ulrich Beck on the risk society and Max Weber on rationality and disenchantment to understand what Latour is doing in We have never been modern, Politics of nature, and the art exhibit Making things public.
'The house of Europe', wrote Ulrich Beck in 2013, 'is empty of people'.
What we are experiencing is what sociologist Ulrich Beck called the "risk society," wherein scenarios we cannot predict are constantly escalating.