Second Modernity - Risk Society

Risk Society

Second modernity is marked by a new awareness of the risks - risks to all forms of life, plant, animal and human - created by the very successes of modernity in tackling the problem of human scarcity. Systems that previously seemed to offer protection from risks both natural and social are increasingly recognised as producing new man-made risks on a global scale as a byproduct of their functioning. Such systems become part of the problem, not the solution. Modernisation and information advances themselves create new social dangers, such as cybercrime; while scientific advances open up new areas, like cloning or genetic modification, where decisions are necessarily made without adequate capacity to assess longterm consequences.

Recognising the fresh dilemmas created by this reflexive modernization, Beck has suggested a new "cosmopolitan realpolitik" to overcome the difficulties of a world in which national interests can no longer be promoted effectively at the national level alone(Beck 2006, 173).

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