Beyond Risk Society
Ulrich Beck and the Korean Debate

AUTHOR : Sang-Jin Han
ISBN : 9788952117656
PUBLISHER : 서울대학교출판문화원
PUBLICATION DATE : June 15 ,2017,
SPINE SIZE : 1.5 inches
PAGES : 658
SIZE : 6.1 * 8.9 inches
WEIGHT : 2.2 pounds
PRICE : $120.45
This book is aimed at developing Ulrich Beck's idea of second modernity and cosmopolitan sociology, particularly his vision of critical theory. For this purpose, the book presents his lectures and presentations during his visit to Seoul, Korea in 2008 and in 2014 and examines the interaction between Beck (as well as Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim) and the Korean scholars. The key question is how to grasp complex risks that citizens face as unintended consequences of rapid change and where the normative energy comes from in order to move 'beyond risk society.' Though the main focus is on Korea, the arguments can cover well other countries like China where compressed modernity has brought about not only remarkable economic growth but also complex risk society.

Sang-Jin Han

Han, Sang-Jin is a Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University, Korea and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Peking University, China. He has lectured at universities such as Columbia University in New York, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Tsinghua University in Beijing, University of Buenos Aires, and Kyoto University. He served as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Policy Planning of Republic of Korea during Kim, Dae-jung administration and also President of the Academy of Korean Studies. He developed his theory of Joongmin as democratic transformer in the middle of the 1980s in Korea, and he currently serves as President of Joongmin Foundation for Social Theory (;


Introduction. ‌Critical Theory of Risk Society and the Korean Debate(Han, Sang-Jin)

Part I. Critical Theory of Risk Society and Empirical Analysis
Chapter 1. World at Risk: The New Task of Critical Theory (Ulrich Beck)
Chapter 2. Empirical Analysis of Risk Society (Han, Sang-Jin)
Chapter 3. Participatory Risk Governance and Second Modernity (Han, Sang-Jin)

Part II Cosmopolitan Vision from East Asia
Chapter 4. Beyond Risk Society: Towards the Theory of Cosmopolitan Modernity (Ulrich Beck)
Chapter 5. ‌A New Cosmopolitanism Is in the Air (Ulrich Beck)
Chapter 6. Why Do We Need Cosmopolitan Cooperation? (Ulrich Beck)
Chapter 7. On Methodological Cosmopolitanism (Ulrich Beck)
Chapter 8. The Second Modern Condition? Compressed Modernity as Internalized Reflexive Cosmopolitanism (Chang, Kyung-Sup)
Chapter 9. Another Cosmopolitanism: A Critical Reconstruction of Neo-Confucian Conception of Tianxiaweigong (天下爲公) in the Age of Global Risks (Park, Young-Do / Han, Sang-Jin)
Chapter 10. Cosmopolitization Driven by Climate Change in East Asia
(Yun, Sun-Jin)

Part III. Transnational Marriage and Individualization
Chapter 11. Transnational Marriage (Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim)
Chapter 12. Family Life after Family (Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim)
Chapter 13. “Family-Oriented Individualization” and Second Modernity: An Analysis of Transnational Marriages in Korea (Shim, Young-Hee / Han, Sang-Jin)
Chapter 14. Individualization and Community Networks in East Asia: How to Deal with Global Difference in Social Science Theories? (Shim, Young-Hee / Han, Sang-Jin)

Part IV Debate on Risk Society in Korea
Chapter 15. The Korean Path to Modernization and Risk Society
(Han, Sang-Jin)
Chapter 16. From System Failure to Hidden Complexity: Changing Nature of Disasters in Korea (Yee, Jaeyeol)
Chapter 17. Risk Components of Compressed Modernity: South Korea as Complex Risk Society (Chang, Kyung-Sup)
Chapter 18. New Horizons in Health in the Risk Society (Kim, Young-Chi)
Chapter 19. Change of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in the Risk Society (Shim, Young-Hee)
Chapter 20. The Environmental Risk in the Global Age: From the Perspective of ‘Environmental Culture’ (Kim, Jung Wk)
Chapter 21. Rush-to Growth, Economic Bubbles, and Dangers of Limping Modernization (Kim, Dae Hwan)
Chapter 22. Corruption as System Risk (Kim, Byoung-Seob)
Chapter 23. Korea Education at Risk and Reflexive Modernization(Moon, Yong Lin)
Chapter 24. Korea’s Architectural Culture at Risk and Reflexive Modernization (Kim, Young-Sub)
Chapter 25. Water: The Risk Has Already Begun (Kim, Sang-Jong)Chapter 26. Nuclear Power in Korea: A Technological Factor of Risk Society (Lee, Pil-Ryul)
Chapter 27. Unemployment and Social Disorganization: A New Face of High Risk Society (Seong, Kyoung-Ryung)
Chapter 28. Response to the Korean Debate (Ulrich Beck)

Appendix 1. ‌East-West ‘Second Modernity’ Entering Competition
-Risk Governance Is the Key
Appendix 2. ‌Tackling the Global Threat through the ‘Tianxia Gongsheng (天下共生)’
Appendix 3. ‌The Sewol Ferry Tragedy Awakens Outcries of “Enough Is Enough!”
Appendix 4. ‌Ulrich Beck, Who Warned of ‘Risk Society’, Passes away
Appendix 5. ‌Please Be with Us Forever and Watch over People’s Cries for a Safe Korea

List of Contributors