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RISK FEAR VULNERABILITY According to Ulrich Beck 1992 we are living in a risk society This term is used to describe a society that has become responsive to risk Beck argues that in pre modern times risk was viewed by people in terms of acts of God or disasters accidents caused by nature risks which people could not control or protect themselves from against REFERENCE Beck explains that the perception of risk has evolved and has not remained static it has become more difficult for people to control and to avoid This has led people to feel vulnerability and fear Ferudi 1997 Culpritt 1999 MODERNITY1942 heralded a time where the British government promised to protect its citizens from the cradle to the grave Beveridge 1942 Payne 2005 Modern industrialisation brought with it wealth and prosperity to many yet it heralded dangerous risks in pollution and coercive policing by the state due to increasing crime unemployment and family breakdown leads to insecurities and lack of trust in the people of Britain The state and politicians seek to identify these risksAs society becomes more complex it becomes more difficult Risk has become a priority in government policy and legislation in welfare has elevated risk to the forefront of the political agenda on the premise that risk can be controlled and regulated Questions still remain on how to best provide care assess need minimise risk and provide protection to the most vulnerable in society Kemshall 1996 1997GOVERNMENTGovernments need to be seen to address manage all risk to regulate and control these insecuritiesand protect its people It is through the process of new technologies communication and the lack of anonymity every human transaction is recorded social security criminal records proposed identity cards Modernity is a period of rapid evolution especially within social political and economic exchanges Fear ethics and insecurity and regulation transmits pressure for employees of the state to provide care which leads
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