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Risk, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century


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About this book


Risk, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century provides a groundbreaking new analysis of the increasingly important relationship between risk and widening inequalities. The massive, and often unequal, impacts of contemporary risks are recognized widely in popular discussions – be it the fall-out from the 2008 financial crisis or Hurricane Katrina – yet there is a distinct neglect in social science of the overall systemic impacts of these risks for increasing inequalities. This book moves beyond this lacuna to identify novel intersections of risk and inequalities. It shows how key processes associated with risk society – the social production and distribution of risks as side-effects – are intensifying inequalities in fundamental ways. In articulating how risk is intensifying both the social sources of suffering of the least advantaged and the power of the most advantaged, this book realizes a significant rethinking of risk, power, and inequalities in contemporary society.


Risk society Class Ulrich Beck Climate Change Financial Risk Pierre Bourdieu Karl Marx Max Weber Inequality Private Escape Routes Organized Irresponsibility Distribution of Bads climate change Marx politics production realism social theory sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

About the authors

Dean Curran is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada. His research interests include social theory, risk, and class.

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"This splendid and very innovative book is a major contribution to our understanding of the implications of Beck's enormously important work." - William Outhwaite, Newcastle University, UK