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Losing the Traditional
Individualization and ′Precarious Freedoms′
A Life of One′s Own in a Runaway World
Individualization, Globalization and Politics
Beyond Status and Class?
The Ambivalent Social Structure
Poverty and Wealth in a ′Self-Driven Culture′
From `Living for Others′ to ′A Life of One′s Own′
Individualization and Women
On the Way to the Post-Familial Family
From a Community of Need to Elective Affinities
Division of Labour, Self-Imaging and Life Projects
New Conflicts in the Family
Declining Birthrates and the Wish to Have Children
Apparatuses Do Not Care for People
Health and Responsibility in the Age of Genetic Technology
Death of One′s Own, Life of One′s Own
Hopes from Transience
Freedom′s Children
Freedom′s Fathers
Zombie Categories
Interview with Ulrich Beck

About the Author

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich. He is the author of Counterpoison (1991) and Ecological Enlightenment (1992).


`Ulrich Beck′s Risk Society, and indeed the theory of "reflexive modernization" is characterized by two theses: an environmental thesis and individualization thesis.... In Anglo-Saxon sociology the risk thesis has been enormously influential. The individualization thesis, for its part, has passed virtually ignored. That is the shortcoming that this book Individualization addressess.... In this single volume this thesis receives the exclusive attention of Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim. This book represents the other half of Beck′s work. And this half today may be the most important half′ - Scott Lash, from the Foreword

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