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Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk

Ulrich Beck, Amos Weisz (Translated by)
ISBN: 978-0-7456-1377-2
224 pages
August 1995, Polity
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Ecological Politics in and Age of Risk by Ulrich Beck is an original analysis of ecological politics as one part of a renewed engagement with the domain of sub-politics.
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Translator's Note.

Preface.

Introduction: The Immortality of Industrial Society and the Contents of the Book.

Part I: Dead Ends.

1. Barbarism Modernised: The Eugenic Age.

2. The Naturalistic Misunderstanding of the Ecological Movement: Environmental Critique as Social Critique.

3. Industrial Fatalism: Organised Irresponsibility.

Part II: Antidotes.

4. The Self-Refutation of Bureaucracy: The Victory of Industralism over Itself.

5. Implementation as Abolition of Technocracy: The Logic of Relativistic Science.

6. The "Poisoned Cake": Capital and Labour in Risk Society.

7. Conflicts over Progress: The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich.
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* An original discussion of what "ecological problems" are - quite different from usual approaches.
* Develops and extends the arguments originally set out in Beck's celebrated conception of the "risk society".
* Provides a new theory of politics - stressing the importance of issues which lie outside the formal political domain.
* An original discussion of what "ecological problems" are - quite different from usual approaches.
* Develops and extends the arguments originally set out in Beck's celebrated conception of the "risk society".
* Provides a new theory of politics - stressing the importance of issues which lie outside the formal political domain.
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"This is an extremely complex debate written by a leading German sociologist. The issues are thought-provoking...those who take their debate on the theory of society should find this book fascinating." (TEG News)

"Wide-ranging...it is likely to appeal to social scientists with a broad range of specialisms, and is novel in the connections it makes between seemingly disparate issues.... Beck's prose can be almost poetic in places, his passion about his subject is inspiring and his work indicates many directions for future research. Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk is a challenging and enjoyable book which deserves to be read widely." (British Journal of Sociology)

"An interesting book offering a stimulating argument." (Political Studies)

"A "must-read" for those interested in national or international environmental isues, specifically hazardous waste management." (Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management)

"Stimulating and provocative." (Environmental Values)

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