Do we need a new paradigm of sociology? (reflecting on an U.Beck’s concept)

Yanitzky O.N.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Yanitzky O.N. Do we need a new paradigm of sociology? (reflecting on an U.Beck’s concept). Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 4. P. 13-22


The article analyzes theoretical and methodological toolkit of “cosmopolitan sociology” proposed by Ulrich Beck (1944–2015); reviewed and commented are its key concepts: anthropological shock, future, global risk, the cosmopolitan community, metamórfosis, paradigm shift, social metabolism and social order. The author concludes that heuristic potential of evolutionary sociology has not yet been exhausted, its tools are still suitable for studying global challenges, critical transformation of social order, processes of social metabolism, as well as for building models of desired futures.

anthropological shock; future; global risks; cosmopolitan sociology; metabolism; social order
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