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"Wide-ranging...it is likely to appeal to social scientists with
a broad range of specialisms, and is novel in the connections it
makes between seemingly disparate issues.... Beck's prose can be
almost poetic in places, his passion about his subject is inspiring
and his work indicates many directions for future research.
Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk is a challenging and
enjoyable book which deserves to be read widely." (British
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"Stimulating and provocative." (Environmental Values)
Introduction: The Immortality of Industrial Society and the Contents of the Book.
Part I: Dead Ends.
1. Barbarism Modernised: The Eugenic Age.
2. The Naturalistic Misunderstanding of the Ecological Movement: Environmental Critique as Social Critique.
3. Industrial Fatalism: Organised Irresponsibility.
Part II: Antidotes.
4. The Self-Refutation of Bureaucracy: The Victory of Industralism over Itself.
5. Implementation as Abolition of Technocracy: The Logic of Relativistic Science.
6. The "Poisoned Cake": Capital and Labour in Risk Society.
7. Conflicts over Progress: The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy.