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Beck, Ulrich / Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim. Individua
eng

Ulrich Beck / Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

Individualization

Institutionalized Individualism and its Social and Political Consequences
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • 2001
  • Taschenbuch
  • 222 Seiten
  • ISBN 9780761961123

Individualization argues that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the nature of society and politics. This change hinges around two processes: globalization and individualization. The book demonstrates that individualization is a structural characteristic of highly differentiated societies, and does not imperil social cohesion, but actually makes it possible. Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim argue that it is vital to distinguish between the neo-liberal idea of the free-market individual and the concept of individualization. The result is the most complete discussion of individualization currently available, showing how individualization relates to basic social rights and also paid employment; and concluding that in as much

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as basic rights are internalized and everyone wants to or must be economically active, the spiral of individualization destroys the given foundations of social co-existence.

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