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dc.contributor.advisorCurran, Dean
dc.contributor.authorTrottier, Brody
dc.date2019-11
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-22T19:44:52Z
dc.date.available2019-08-22T19:44:52Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-20
dc.identifier.citationTrottier, B. (2019). Environment, Risk, and Ideology: The critical theory of the Frankfurt School and Ulrich Beck (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/110764
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the social theories of Ulrich Beck and the first generation of the Frankfurt School to spur a debate on social transformation and environmental risk. In particular, this confrontation explores a key difference between these approaches—whereas the early Frankfurt School theorizes how society is capable of containing qualitative change, Beck emphasizes the forces which break apart this containment and transform society. This thesis raises the following critiques: (1) that the theory of risk society provides an insufficient account of power and (2) that the one-dimensionality thesis and the paradigm of the critique of instrumental reason problematizes the normative standpoint of critical theory. The analysis overcomes these key critiques by: (1) advocating for a framework of power and risk which accounts for the role of ideology as a means of social control and (2) attempting to limit the claims of the one-dimensionality thesis by demonstrating that risks have the potential to open up the totalizing system of domination theorized by the early Frankfurt School. In addition to these contributions, this thesis explores the importance of immanent critique as a basis for praxis and compares Marcuse’s vision for a ‘new science’ with Beck’s concept of ‘reflexive scientization’.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectRisken_US
dc.subjectCritical Theoryen_US
dc.subjectFrankfurt Schoolen_US
dc.subjectUlrich Becken_US
dc.subjectRisk Societyen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sociologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationSociology--Theory and Methodsen_US
dc.titleEnvironment, Risk, and Ideology: The critical theory of the Frankfurt School and Ulrich Becken_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
dc.publisher.facultyArtsen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (MA)en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPatterson, Matt
dc.contributor.committeememberMiller, Byron
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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.