Howard brings together top contributors in a volume that provides a survey of new research and theoretical work on the topic of individualization. Topics covered include gender, social policy reform, and economy.
Cosmo Howard is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Victoria, British Columbia.
“This book addresses one of the most discussed topics in behavioral sciences since the early 1980s. The range of topics dealt with is impressive, and the author exhibits a creative linking of contemporary debates on individualization to the neo-liberal model of social governance, welfare state reform, and globalization.”–Hermann Strasser, Professor of Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany “If one wants to analyze the present and the future of modernity one has to understand the process of ‘institutionalized individualization’ and its consequences, which means: no beds are left to re-embed. Individualization, therefore, undercuts and transforms basic institutions like family life, gender relations, social class, party systems, religion etc. This book is a must-read–it clarifies the concept of individualization and its operational meanings, it represents the controversies and, by all this, demonstrates the necessity to use the concept of individualization in order to understand the fundamental changes of our time.”–Ulrich Beck, Professor for Sociology, University of Munich and London School of Economics and Political Sciences
Introducing Individualization–Cosmo Howard * Three Models of Individualized Biography–Cosmo Howard * Varieties of Individualism–Anna Yeatman * Individualization and the Life Course: Towards a Theoretical Model and Empirical Evidence–Melinda Mills * Individualization as an Interpretive Scheme of Inequality: Why Class and Inequality Persist–Gerd Nollmann & Herman Strasser * Individualization and Ethical Agency–Paul Hoggett, Marj Mayo & Chris Miller * Sutured Selves, Queer Connections: Personal Lives at the Cutting Edge of Individualization–Sasha Roseneil * ‘Lives of their Own’ Free from Violence: Individualization and Child Welfare Interventions–Harry Ferguson * The New Social ‘isms’: Individualization and Social Policy Re-form in Canada–Janine Brodie * Governing Individuality–Paul Henman * Institutionalized Individualism and the Care of the Self: Single Mothers and the State–Michelle Brady
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