, it provided a way of creating a more rational society through science- and evidence-based decisions. However, in the late 20th century, social scientists developed more critical awareness of the ways in which risk is embedded in key social processes and influences social relations and interactions. This more critical approach is evident in Beck and Giddens’s analyses of the key features of late modern societies, or so-called Risk Society; it is also an important element in Douglas’s cultural theory and forms part of Foucault’s analysis of power or governmentality
1 INTRODUCTION Risk and trust in late-modern society The study of trust presented in this book is predominantly theoretical in nature, though our analyses of the concept are nevertheless grounded in, and illustrated through, qualitative data collected in our research within community-based services that deliver healthcare for people experiencing serious mental health problems – especially those with diagnoses of psychosis – in Southern England. The empirical research that informs the theoretical frameworks we develop not only serves to enable more robust
a largo plazo a todos los accionistas interesados a quien va dirigida. Esto es un hecho incluso más obvio desde que los gobiernos nacionales y locales están perdiendo mucho de sus poderes discrecionales y son testigos de la erosión gradual de su legitimidad. Los autores concluyen con que los desarrollos dentro de este contexto cuestionan ideas diferentes. Finalmente, por el hecho de que el proceso interactivo político no es un sistema neutro, se demanda un enfoque crítico y reflexivo. Communicating policy in late modern society: on the boundaries of interactive
301 NINE Narcissism and the ‘politics of recognition’: concepts of the late-modern self I take my desires for reality, for I believe in the reality of my desires. (May 1968 graffiti) A late-modern point of departure: the ‘postsocialist’ condition and the politics of redistribution/recognition The work of the eminent feminist political philosopher Nancy Fraser regarding the ‘postsocialist’ condition and the politics of ‘redistribution or recognition’ is fairly well known, referring as it does to social and economic equality as a political goal and to claims
This article explores how boredom emerged as a central threat to Americans’ sense of well-being in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing upon media coverage from a range of sources, I ask: What do responses to the COVID-19 pandemic reveal more generally about the way boredom has emerged as one of the central dis-eases of modern life? Why has free time become something that increasingly generates intolerable anxiety? In what ways can studying responses to the COVID-19 lockdown help us trace larger transformations in the social construction and subjective experience of time? The article argues that while many Americans experienced boredom as a form of social death engendered by the deroutinising aspects of lockdown life, responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also reveal the way boredom has emerged as a form of psychic alienation permeating the very core of American society. Drawing upon insights from psychoanalytic theory, I will ultimately propose that our dis-ease with free time may be linked to a growing incapacity to fantasise as more and more of our mental lives are colonised by the digital infrastructures and extractive imperatives of our 24/7 society ().
The process of becoming an adult in contemporary times is fragmented and unequal, shaped by chance, choice and timing. “Unfolding lives" presents a unique approach to understanding the changing face of youth transitions, addressing the question of how gender identities are constituted in late modern culture.
The book follows individual lives over time, enabling the reader to witness gender identities in the making and breathing new life into static analytic models. At the heart of the book are vivid in-depth accounts of four young lives, emblematic of broader biographical trends. They reveal how inequalities and privileges are made in new and unexpected ways, through practices such as falling in love, coming out, acting out and religious conversion. A focus on temporal processes and changing meanings captures what it feels like to be young and shows the creative ways that young people navigate the conflicting and changing demands of personal relationships, schooling, work and play. “Unfolding lives" is also a demonstration of a method-in-practice, describing how longitudinal material can be analysed and animated to realise the relationship between personal and social change.
Written in an accessible style that breaks the conventional academic mould, “Unfolding lives" is a compelling and provocative read. The book will be an essential text for students and academics involved in youth and gender studies as well as those interested in new directions in qualitative research methods and writing.
of social gerontology as an unfolding linear narrative, it is possible to identify two broad families of theories. Theories in each family share a similar set of temporal and spatial assumptions while differing from those in the other group. In the first group are the modernist views of ageing. This category contains disengagement theory, modernisation and ageing theory, age stratification and life course approaches, structured dependency theory and the political economy approach. The second group can be seen as representing the late modern take on ageing
Ageing, meaning and social structure is a unique book advancing critical discourse in gerontology and makes a major contribution to understanding key social and ethical dilemmas facing ageing societies. It confronts and integrates approaches that have been relatively isolated from each other, and interrelates two major streams of thought within critical gerontology: analyses of structural issues in the context of political economy and humanistic perspectives on issues of existential meaning. The chapters, from a wide range of contributors, focus on major issues in ageing such as autonomy, agency, frailty, lifestyle, social isolation, dementia and professional challenges in social work and participatory research. This volume should be valuable reading for scholars and graduate students in gerontology and humanistic studies, as well as for policy makers and practitioners working in the field of ageing.
To begin new relationships in later life is increasingly common in large parts of the Western world. This timely book addresses the gap in knowledge about late life repartnering and provides a comprehensive map of the changing landscape of late life intimacy.
Part of the Ageing in a Global Context series, the book examines the changing structural conditions of intimacy and ageing in late modernity. How do longer lives, changing norms and new technologies affect older people’s relationship careers, their attitudes to repartnering and in the formation of new relationships? Which forms do these new unions take? What does a new intimate relationship offer older men and women and what are the consequences for social integration? What is the role and meaning of sex?
By introducing a gains-perspective the book challenges stereotypes of old age as a period of loss and decline. It also challenges the image of older people as conservative, and instead presents them as an avant-garde that often experiment with new ways of being together.
Philosophical criminology asks big questions about how we get on with one another and what happens when we do not. This accessible book in the New Horizons in Criminology series is the first to foreground this growing area. The book is structured around six philosophical ideas concerning our relations with others: values, morality, aesthetics, order, rules and respect. Building on the author’s theoretical and empirical research, the book considers the boundaries of criminology and the scope for greater exchange between criminology and philosophy. The book is illustrated using examples from a range of countries, and provides a platform for engaging with important topical issues using philosophical and theoretical insights.