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Making it personalIndividualising activation services in the EU$
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Rik van Berkel and Ben Valkenburg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347978

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347978.001.0001

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Placing the individual ‘at the forefront’: Beck and individual approaches in activation

Placing the individual ‘at the forefront’: Beck and individual approaches in activation

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Making it personal
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Håkan Johansson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347978.003.0004

This chapter looks at Ulrich Beck's theory of risk society. This theory is noted to have inspired a lot of social policy scholars in analysing the erosion of the foundations of ‘traditional’ welfare states, as well as the rethinking of social policies. The chapter studies the ways this theory can be used to understand the rise of activation, its different manifestations and the introduction of individualised service provision. The notion of ‘radicalised individualisation’ is introduced, and the post-Foucauldian perspectives on individualisation are discussed.

Keywords:   Ulrich Beck, risk society, foundations, traditional welfare states, manifestation, rise of activation, radicalised individualisation, post-Foucauldian perspectives

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