By Ulrich Beck
During this new ebook, Ulrich Beck and the journalist Johannes Willms interact in a chain of obtainable conversations that display and discover the main components in Beck’s concept.
- Ulrich Beck, essentially the most vital and influential modern social thinkers, finds and expands his paintings in a sequence of conversations with journalist Johannes Willms.
- These conversations shed new gentle onto the foremost subject matters in Beck’s paintings and supply an perception into many of the commitments and ideology that they relaxation upon.
- Includes new considering at the probability society and on globalisation, issues that experience positioned him on the leading edge of latest debates.
- Witten in a transparent and lucid method and hence excellent for someone trying to come to grips with Beck’s paintings.
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In a certain sense they are like Columbus, discovering a new country . . . or rather something beyond country. Like Columbus, a new world. Right, a new world. They are putting down their flags in deterritorialized space and claiming it for themselves. This global space that they’ve begun to move about in is showing the rest of us what deterritorialized power looks like. This is what states have got to learn to emulate. I would argue that they are in the process of learning exactly that. They are evolving into the kind of states that can wield such power.
The second modernity can be found right this moment in many widely scattered places. It is being born within the interstices of the first modernity, most of all within its cities, but by no means only there. There are two different ways to understand globalization. The first one is additive, and the second one is substitutive. As long as one posits the nation-state as an unchanging reality, to which all social phenomena are subordinate, then globalization can only be conceived in the first sense, as an external relation, as something added on to the nation-state.
It simply isn’t possible to eat locally. The labels may disguise the fact, but even yogurt, meat, and fruit involve us in global chains of production and consumption. And let’s not even talk about the Germans’ supposedly national dish, the wurst; it’s a global mish-mash. The food of the world has already united, and we experience this unification every time we go to the supermarket. We are now all used to finding foodstuffs that used to be separated by continents and cultures freely available side-by-side as mass market commodities.