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Stiukhin I.S. [Covid-19 in the era of U. Bech`s «risk society»] World of Science. Series: Sociology, Philology, Cultural Studies, 2022, Vol. 13, No. 3. Available at: (in Russian).

Covid-19 in the era of U. Bech`s «risk society»

Stiukhin Ilia Sergeevich
Southwest State University, Kursk, Russia

Abstract. The relevance of the research topic is attributable to the transformation of modern society that is characterized by an increase in the number of risks. One possible risk is the danger of spread of mass infectious diseases, which poses a global threat to the stability of society. Purpose of the article is to analyze the current epidemiological situation through the concept of U. Beck, and in addition to use its main theses to rethink the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of coronovirus and discuss possible solutions for similar situations in the future. The article analyzes the content of the key risk society characteristics to explain the causes of the emergence and spread of coronavirus. Determine the importance of cooperation between scientists and lay people to reduce the impact of the consequences of risk; Frame the problems of social inequality in the distribution of epidemiological risks. To solve the tasks, we used the secondary data analysis, also method of comparison, generalization and deduction. The authors concludes that it is necessary to ensure constructive interaction between science and society to minimize the negative consequences of the epidemic. The government, public and science should have the same idea about the problem`s causes and how to resolve it. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to pay attention on the problem of social inequality, so that people understand that each of them is equally vulnerable to risk. This understanding will help to enhance the sense of collective solidarity and responsibility facing a common global challenge.

Keywords: coronavirus; social inequality; risk society; risk allocation; pandemic; risk; modernization; preventive measures

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