Conversations with Ulrich Beck
Conversations with Ulrich Beck
Translated by Michael Pollack
In this new book, Ulrich Beck and the journalist Johannes Willms engage in a series of accessible conversations that reveal and explore the key elements in Beck’s thought.

  • Ulrich Beck, one of the most important and influential contemporary social thinkers, reveals and expands his work in a series of conversations with journalist Johannes Willms.
  • These conversations shed new light onto the major themes in Beck’s work and provide an insight into some of the commitments and beliefs that they rest upon.
  • Includes new thinking on the risk society and on globalisation, themes that have put him at the forefront of contemporary debates.
  • Witten in a clear and lucid way and thus ideal for anyone seeking to come to grips with Beck’s work.
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  • January 2004
  • 240 pages
  • 143 x 224 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking Society Anew (John Urry).

1. Post modernity or the second modernity.

2. Individualisation.

3. Global risk society.

4. Labour society and regime of risk.

5. Cosmopolitan society and its enemies.

6. The prospects for a second enlightenment.

Recommended literature for further reading.

Selected Works by Authors Cited in the Text.

Books by the Authors in English.

About the Authors.


About the Author
Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.

Johannes Willms is a journalist and writer.

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"Every now and then a new way of thinking about the social world occurs. And once that happens it is difficult to imagine how sociology had managed without that new way of thinking. ….Ulrich Beck’s concept of risk society…was a kind of revelation. It provided for sociology a way of speaking of the physical world and of its risks that brought in a striking array of new topics. In effect it enabled people to speak of things, indeed in a way to “see” things, that they had been trying to speak of and to see, but the where the concepts had been chronically lacking." John Urry, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
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