The Reinvention of Politics, suggests we should think again about forging a new model of politics for our times. An active, devolved civil society, Beck argues, can sustain the claim that modernity is inherently democratic. For many issues now - for example, those involving technology, environment protest, the family, or gender relations - belong to the domain of what the author calls "subpolitics".
The postmodern critique of modernity, in Beck's view, is based on mistaken generalizations about a transitional phase in the evolution of modern society. What is needed, he argues, is the reinvention of politics, corresponding to th new demands of a society which remains modern, but which has progressed beyond the earlier form of industrial society.
This book will be essential reading for second-year undergraduates and above in the fields of social and political theory, sociology and political science.
1. The Age of Side Effects: On the Politicization of Modernity.
2. The Construction of the Other Side of Modernity: Counter-modernization.
3. Subpolitics - The Individual Returns to Society.
4. Ways to Alternative Modernities.
5. The Reinvention of Politics.
6. The Art of Doubt.