How can policy makers justify public intervention into private life? And why does this interference often translate into contradictory or n-reflexive politics on lifestyles? This engaging title discusses the social, cultural and policy consequences of these conditions as well as showing the effect of agency and choice upon regulation. The book critically examines: - Neo-Liberal ideology and the free market - The Sociology of Modernity - The New Consumer Society - Citizenship in Mass Society - The power of Automy - The interaction of Regulation and Agency It provides a developed 'genealogical' account of society, is enriched by original case-studies, and engages with a broad range of traditional approaches and sources - including the work of Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens, Adam Smith and Pierre Bourdieu. This well researched and thought-provoking work will be of interest to students of social policy and sociology as well as policy-makers and field workers.
Pekka Sulkunen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki
SAGE Publications Inc
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Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society