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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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Reflexive Modernity

Reflexive Modernity

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(p.120) 4 Reflexive Modernity
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The Evaluation Society
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.003.0005

This chapter discusses in detail one concept that was introduced in the previous chapter, which is reflexive modernity. Reflexive modernity is considered as a stage in the development of modern society. It is also viewed as necessary because of its ability to provide a shrewd diagnosis of the main problems in modern society and its way of making evaluation more ritualistic and necessary at the same time. This chapter also presents a symptomatic observation conducted by various academics who study happiness and a discussion on the social construction of risks.

Keywords:   reflexive modernity, happiness, social construction, risks, modern society

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