From 'the Bads of Goods' to 'the Goods of Bads'

The Most Recent Developments in Ulrich Beck’s Cosmopolitan Sociology

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Abstract

The article critically assesses Ulrich Beck’s body of work and its importance for contemporary sociology. It demonstrates that Beck’s elaboration of his original theory of the ‘risk society’ into a theory of the ‘world risk society’, ‘cosmopolitanism’ and ‘metamorphosis’ involved several key theoretical innovations. Firstly, Beck adjusted his notion of risk to include the threat of international terrorism in his diagnosis of the (world) risk society. Secondly, he introduced a distinction between (normative) ‘cosmopolitanism’ and (real existing) ‘cosmopolitization’ in order to capture the specificity of contemporary social change. Thirdly and most recently, Beck outlined a theory of ‘the metamorphosis of the world’ which marks an important shift of emphasis from ‘the negative side effects of goods’ to ‘the positive side effects of bads’. In conclusion, the article identifies a number of theoretical ambiguities and unresolved questions in Beck’s theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
Volume35
Issue number7-8
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
ISSN0263-2764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Ulrich Beck
  • world risk society
  • cosmopolitanism
  • metamorphosis
  • emancipatory catastrophism
  • global risk communities

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From 'the Bads of Goods' to 'the Goods of Bads' : The Most Recent Developments in Ulrich Beck’s Cosmopolitan Sociology. / Rasborg, Klaus.

In: Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 35, No. 7-8, 12.2018, p. 157-171.

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