In what ways are contemporary risks a reflection of social structure?. Sociology

As competent, reflective agents, we are aware of the many ways in which a generalised ‘climate of risk' presses in on our daily activities. In our day today lives, we are sensitive to the cluster of risks that affect our relations with the self, with others, and with the broader culture. We are specialists in carving out ways of coping and managing risk, whether this is through active engagement, resigned acceptance or confused denial. But no one fully understands the possible global risks and dangers we face. Risks are not merely technological or environmental, and they are social. They impact the social structure. For instance, economic globalisation has already generated global financial crises that, indeed, constitute global risks. In other words, risks have become an integral part of our lives. Reflexivity is ‘built-in' in contemporary risks. The avoidance of the ‘bad', such as the daunting possibilities of environmental and nuclear threats, demands new methods of regular risk assessment. Therefore, society transformed because of such reflexive forms of thought. Adequate consideration and calculation of risk-taking, risk-management and risk-detection can never be fully complete; however, since there are always unforeseen and unintended aspects of risk environments. It is especially true at the level of global hazards, where the array of industrial, technological, chemical and nuclear dangers that confront us grows, and at an alarming rate