New reflexive boss just the same as the old boss

So, tying in with discussions about “mastery versus control,” climate crises, and just how smart this species is(n’t)…

Of particular interest at the ‘stronger’ end of the scale are the arguments for ‘reflexive modernisation’ as advocated by Ulrich Beck (see Dryzek, 1997: 148). Beck contends high-income societies have passed into a ‘second modernity’ forced to address the ‘side-effects’, especially the ecological side-effects, of ‘first modernity’. Beck is sharply critical of the ‘metaphysical’ belief in the capacity of modernity to solve its own problems, in the ‘optimisation of control very much in evidence with weak ecological modernisation, that, as reflected in geo-engineering, CCS and nuclear energy, simply displaces current risks into exponentially higher-risk interventions. Yet the required ‘second modernity’ also subsumes and transforms ecologies: human society continues to dominate nature in risk society through reflexivity, just as much as it does under industrial society. Despite clear differences, reflexive modernisation retains ecological modernisation’s belief in modernity’s adaptive capacity.

Responding to Climate Crisis: Modernisation, Limits, Socialism
James Goodman
Journal of Australian Political Economy

Here’s some links to
Ulrich Beck
Reflexive Modernisation

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