Facing Modernity: Ambivalence, Reflexivity and Morality by Professor Barry Smart

By Professor Barry Smart

Barry shrewdpermanent deals a wide-ranging and demanding dialogue of ways problems with reflexivity, ethics and ethical accountability tell social and political proposal. via a severe dialogue of the `ambivalent end result' of social research, exemplified particularly by way of the paintings of Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo, Beck, Bourdieu, Goffman, Giddens, Levinas and Bauman, this ebook submits that an enormous accountability of social enquiry this present day is to have interaction significantly with the ethical problems and moral dilemmas that have arisen relating to modernity.

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Indeed it might be argued that while modern societies continue to market security they also simultaneously manufacture risk, some manifestations of which are literally Page 9 too 'risky' to insure.  . cannot be compensated or insured against', one significant consequence of which is to 'undermine and/or cancel the established safety systems of the provident state's existing risk calculations' (Beck, 1996: 31).  . are sustained by or expressed in social connections established in circumstances of copresence' (1990: 80), the other, faceless commitments, where abstract systems predominate.

Without regard for persons' became, Weber (1970: 215) remarks, the watchword of both modern bureaucratic administration and the economic marketplace. Where official discourse constitutes the 'client' and/or the 'consumer' as sovereign, 'persons' become vulnerable to being treated as objects of disregard. Located in a modern world, a disenchanted world characterized by increasing 'intellectualization and rationalization', Weber broke with the 'preoccupations implicit in the values of a past world, without at the same time falling under the influence of the contemporary belief in progress' (Hennis, 1988: 64).

The social sciences, and sociology in Page 11 particular, continually inform and transform those public and private worlds which they address, and to which they belong. : 43), sometimes reinforcing, sometimes transforming, and sometimes undermining the 'first order' constructs in terms of which we routinely operate understand and act in and on the world. There is no way of knowing, in advance, what will eventuate from processes of knowledge generation and associated forms of social intervention the formulation of social programmes, attempts at designing or engineering particular social futures, etc.

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