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Considering risk: placing the work of Ulrich Beck in context

Considering risk: placing the work of Ulrich Beck in context Journal of risk research, 2018 Vol. 21, no . 1, 1–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2017.1383075 EDITORIAL Within five years of being published in 1986 in Germany, Ulrich Beck’s Risikogesellschaft – later trans- lated in English as Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity ([1986] 1992) – sold some 60,000 copies. This represents an unprecedented volume of sales for a non-textbook work of social science (see Lash and Wynne 1992: 1). Using Google’s NGram viewer – which maps trends in book citations over time – a consistently high and rising rate of references can be observed from 1987 into the new millennium. Readers of risk research journals will be familiar with the frequency with which Beck’s thesis is routinely cited in articles. Yet, outside of risk studies, Beck’s work remains unfamiliar to many scholars in the social sciences. Indeed, within his home discipline of Sociology, reception to his work has been mixed and critiques are well established. It is interesting to speculate about the numbers of people who bought Risk Society (1992) expecting a racy account of looming catastrophe and the endemic anxieties of a risk averse culture in keeping with the title, only to find a much more wide ranging and dense socio http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Risk Research Taylor & Francis

Considering risk: placing the work of Ulrich Beck in context

Journal of Risk Research , Volume 21 (1): 5 – Jan 2, 2018

Considering risk: placing the work of Ulrich Beck in context

Journal of Risk Research , Volume 21 (1): 5 – Jan 2, 2018

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Journal of risk research, 2018 Vol. 21, no . 1, 1–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2017.1383075 EDITORIAL Within five years of being published in 1986 in Germany, Ulrich Beck’s Risikogesellschaft – later trans- lated in English as Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity ([1986] 1992) – sold some 60,000 copies. This represents an unprecedented volume of sales for a non-textbook work of social science (see Lash and Wynne 1992: 1). Using Google’s NGram viewer – which maps trends in book citations over time – a consistently high and rising rate of references can be observed from 1987 into the new millennium. Readers of risk research journals will be familiar with the frequency with which Beck’s thesis is routinely cited in articles. Yet, outside of risk studies, Beck’s work remains unfamiliar to many scholars in the social sciences. Indeed, within his home discipline of Sociology, reception to his work has been mixed and critiques are well established. It is interesting to speculate about the numbers of people who bought Risk Society (1992) expecting a racy account of looming catastrophe and the endemic anxieties of a risk averse culture in keeping with the title, only to find a much more wide ranging and dense socio

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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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1466-4461
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1366-9877
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10.1080/13669877.2017.1383075
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Abstract

Journal of risk research, 2018 Vol. 21, no . 1, 1–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2017.1383075 EDITORIAL Within five years of being published in 1986 in Germany, Ulrich Beck’s Risikogesellschaft – later trans- lated in English as Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity ([1986] 1992) – sold some 60,000 copies. This represents an unprecedented volume of sales for a non-textbook work of social science (see Lash and Wynne 1992: 1). Using Google’s NGram viewer – which maps trends in book citations over time – a consistently high and rising rate of references can be observed from 1987 into the new millennium. Readers of risk research journals will be familiar with the frequency with which Beck’s thesis is routinely cited in articles. Yet, outside of risk studies, Beck’s work remains unfamiliar to many scholars in the social sciences. Indeed, within his home discipline of Sociology, reception to his work has been mixed and critiques are well established. It is interesting to speculate about the numbers of people who bought Risk Society (1992) expecting a racy account of looming catastrophe and the endemic anxieties of a risk averse culture in keeping with the title, only to find a much more wide ranging and dense socio

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Published: Jan 2, 2018

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