Sociology ShortCuts: Reflexive Modernisation

In this ShortCut Professor Brian Wynne (Lancaster University) extends his introduction to Beck’s concept of Risk Society by developing the idea of reflexive modernisation.

While this film will be a bit more “difficult” for a-level students the ideas Wynne discusses can be made more-accessible by relating them to various contemporary real-world examples – these range from examples of environmentalist activism and protest, through the recent referendum on Britain’s EU membership (“Brexit”) to the Donald Trump presidential campaign in America.

More-specifically the film touches on a range of related ideas:

  • organised irresponsibility
  • human-generated risks
  • institutional alienation
  • sub-politics
  • new forms of modernity

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