Individualization: Institutionalized Individualism and Its Social and Political Consequences - Ulrich Beck & Elizabeth Beck-GernsheimLos Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore & Washington: SAGE, 2009, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners' name to the verso upper wrapper.
From the cover: “Will Individualization eradicate or improve social cohesion?
Institutionalized individualism refers to rights, responsibilities and obligations and, the authors argue, is no longer a self-reproducing system, but one in which individuals collectively exert pressure upon a society that disestablishes without re-establishing. Communities are no longer bound together solely by tradition, but increasingly by a paradoxical collectivity of reciprocal Individualization, which by its very nature is non-linear, open-ended and highly ambivalent.
The authors demonstrate how Individualization relates to fundamental social rights and to paid employment, and examines this in the context of systemic contradictions such as institutional family structures that presuppose and enforce the inequality between men and women. The intriguing conclusion of the book is that sociology as an institutionalized rejection of individualism is no longer possible.
An assured and compelling book, it will be required reading for the growing body of readers interested in risk society, and to students of sociology, political science and cultural studies.”