Credits, references, and bibliography
Analyzing Modernity: The Juggernaut of Modernity and the Risk Society
Space and Time
Risk Society (Ulrich Beck)
Risks and Insecurity
"Anthony Giddens’s grand theory of modernity uses the image of the juggernaut, a massive force that rides roughshod over everything in its path. Giddens intends to convey by this image a sense that modernity is out of control. Control has been lost in part because modern social systems are spatially dispersed and complex. Modern individuals are reflexive beings, meaning they examine the big and small problems of their world and adjust their actions accordingly. Still, in a complex world we must put many decisions in the hands of experts. As a result, the juggernaut of modernity is a dynamic system, constantly adjusted by reflexive action and constantly creating new problems. The German social theorist Ulrich Beck (1944- ) shares Giddens’s interest in this insecurity, and has even gone as far as arguing that we now live in a risk society."(1)
Anthony Giddens thinks that the profile of risk has changed in contemporary times. Go to the BBC website and view, read, or listen to Giddens’s lecture on “Risk.”
This lecture, written for a general audience, provides an excellent introduction to how risk operates in the contemporary world.
a. What is external risk?
b. How has risk changed throughout the ages?
c. Give an example of a manufactured risk.
d. What does Giddens mean by the end of nature?
Anthony Giddens’s Runaway World: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/events/reith_99/default.htm This website includes audio, video, and text versions of the Reith Lectures for the British Broadcasting Company Reith Lectures, 1999
Introduction to Anthony Giddens: http://www.theory.org.uk/giddens.htm
The Global Policy Forum: http://www.globalpolicy.org
Essay on World Risk Society: http://logosonline.home.igc.org/beck.htm (This essay by Ulrich Beck assesses the risk society after the attacks of September 11, 2001.)
Much of this page comes from the "Instructor's Manual" to accompany Contemporary
Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics, Second Edition,
George Ritzer, Mcgraw-Hill, 2007. The Instructor's Manual was prepared by James
Murphy, University of Maryland, College Park and Todd Stillman, Fayetteville
State University. These excerpts are from chapter 5.
2. Ritzer, George. 2007/2010/2013. Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics. 2nd/3rd/4th editions. St. Louis: McGraw-Hill
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