Risk Society

Risk Society is a critical concept mentioned by Giddens and Beck. Well, what is risk society and why did risk societies occured? First of all we should describe “MODERNIZATION” to understand Risk Society.
Modernization is a process in which societies changed a lot. This process was caused by the Enlightenment and industrialization. In this process, the importance of money and luxury increased also people started to think about the future a lot. As you see, for Capitalism and technological developments, these conditions are very appropriate. People thought about luxury,growing, the future and money a lot. Hence, although people dreamed about a bright future, they have gone into a vicious circle between developments and work life.
Risk society occured because of this uncontrolled growing and today, we live the results of the modernization. What are the results of modernization ?
  • Because of the factory churns and harmful gasses, environmental problems are existed.
  • Again, health problems such as cancer are occured by the harmful substances.
  • The number of people, who are disappointed because they could not have ideal life conditions as they want, have gone up. Thus, the rates of suicide and depression rose.
  • Because of the busy work life, people cannot socialize and also their family life is affected negatively.
  • People wanted safer life in modern life. However, we started to live in an insecure world because of the uncontrolled  technological developments. (Especially, surveillance technology…)
  • We said that capitalism grew in modern life a lot. Therefore, the exploitation of labour increased, too.
      As you see, the causes of modernization created a dangerous society but unfortunately, some of people cannot see them or do not want to solve them! I do not want to say that we should stop developing, but we should control developing because all of them are the cause of the lack of control.modern_times_charlie_chaplin_0

    P.S. : I tried to sum up the topic of Risk Society and Modernization. Sorry for my mistakes 🙂


9 thoughts on “Risk Society

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Developing of course, can lead to disaster if its aim is only personal and financial gain. Above all, it may be the increase of spiritual development that we should promote. Not control developing, but the subject and the way of developing.

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      1. It’s very good to hear because my department is sociology and I want to write about sociological subjects 🙂 these are basic subjects but we forget them in our busy life so I want to remind them 🙂

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      2. Wow you are very good at catching details 🙂 I liked it! I’m new in my department so my writings can be basic and surface because I don’t want to talk about profound subjects without a good research 🙂 Thank you so much 🙂

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  2. Discovered a bit late, I enjoyed some of the topics you covered -or uncovered may suit well here- here. But I guess,we as the sociologists are suffering from the same issue: sustainability. 🙂 I also usually be negligient of posting my opinions about sociological topics on WP. I hope, I-we- will continue posting, sharing and having debates.

    As for the topic, the post sums briefly and clearly what have been argued by the overarching concept of ‘risk’ and risk society. But I would like to be – if you would not mind- first a bit critical and evalatuave in order to set a stage for a sociological disscussion around the term ‘risk’.

    The first would be I am really taken with the idea of “instituionalisation of risk”. Why we sociologists have called the modern era as the society of risk? Did not our ancestors suffer from risks directly threating their health, mental capabilities and social worlds? The answer of us is always “the instituionalisation of risk”. The risks have been institutionalised. By whom? Modernity? Here, I think, we should elucidate the bases of this argument, are we talkng about techonologically-driven risks? Or is it a political project /modernity/ that turns the traditional society into a hell of risks?

    Second of all, I would like to discuss what counts as risk? What do we mean by modern risk? Here, I would like to put that risk is a very slippery term open to discussion and changable across societies and the stages of ‘modernity’? We, in my opinion, should not limit our discussion on modernity by classifying issues as risks. For example, Beck’s conceptualisation of risk society refers to -I think- the early modern age. When people are afraid of more ‘social’ (such as global warming, climate change and so on so forth) risks because the so-called personal risk (such as being sacked, being precariat, being refugee) had not been ‘institutionalised’. Today, being unemployed, starvation, being precariat, outcast etc) have all been instituionalised? It may well suit if I say the fear of being lonely or being ‘unpopular’ is regarded as one of the most treacherous risks among the youth. So my question is, how can we reconceptualise or revise the concep of the risk by means the social and cultural flows that globalisation/contemporary sociological situation have unleashed?

    these are my thoughts and questions that spring to my mind. again thank you for sharing, looking forward to reading again;)


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