PSCI 0309

Pol Theory of Late Modernity

Risk and Late Modernity: Politics, Culture, and Danger
In this course we will address the political theory of our contemporary "late-modern" era. We will begin by reading selections from Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger on technology, danger, and political action. Then we will turn to an analysis of what some thinkers have labeled our current "risk society," focusing on the cultural anthropologist Mary Douglas, the sociologists Ullrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, and the political scientist Aaron Wildavsky. Questions we will address include the current preoccupations with global disaster, the politics of risk assessment and analysis, its effect on national and military decision-making, the rise of the insurance industry, and the background assumptions that guide our understanding of action in the world. 3 hrs. sem. (Political Theory)/
Political Science
Political Science
Social Sciences
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Equivalent Courses:
SOAN 0309


Spring 2010

PSCI0309A-S10 Lecture (Carmola)

Spring 2009

PSCI0309A-S09 Lecture (Carmola)

Fall 2006

PSCI0309A-F06 Lecture (Carmola)