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Placing the individual ‘at the forefront’: Beck and individual approaches in activation

Håkan Johansson

in Making it personal

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347978
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302735 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347978.003.0004
Placing the individual ‘at the forefront’: Beck and individual approaches in activation

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This chapter looks at Ulrich Beck's theory of risk society. This theory is noted to have inspired a lot of social policy scholars in analysing the erosion of the foundations of ‘traditional’ welfare states, as well as the rethinking of social policies. The chapter studies the ways this theory can be used to understand the rise of activation, its different manifestations and the introduction of individualised service provision. The notion of ‘radicalised individualisation’ is introduced, and the post-Foucauldian perspectives on individualisation are discussed.

Keywords: Ulrich Beck; risk society; foundations; traditional welfare states; manifestation; rise of activation; radicalised individualisation; post-Foucauldian perspectives

Chapter.  7169 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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