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Special Collection

Risk-Society

Collection launched: 23 May 2019
Modern industrial society produces its own perils. The late Ulrich Beck has developed the concept of risk society, which he defined as ‘… a systematic way of dealing with hazards and insecurities induced and introduced by modernisation itself’ . Similar to Beck, sociologist Anthony Giddens coined the term ‘risk culture’. This sociological perspective underlines risk as a characteristic feature of contemporary societies since the 1970s, focusing on health protection, insurance, environmental danger and the role of science and technology. In their contributions to this small Special Collection, Birgit Metzger and Paul van Trigt analyse recent debates and new venues of research into cultural and political expectations that accompany phenomena such as ICT, Climate Change, Social Surveillance and Cultural Control.