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Title: Calculations of risk : liberalism agency and modernity
Author: Vurdubakis , Theodore
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1996
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This thesis explores the interconnected socio-cultural trajectories of the objectification of risk as calculable uncertainty, the institutionalisation of life insurance as a reparatory technology and the development of moral and political discourses incorporating such constructs. Using the case of life insurance in England to argue that the constitution of risk as the object of insurance is linked to a series of important transformations in the aims and means of the liberal government of the 'social' domain. Insurance, and its associated calculative techniques have been constituted as moral and political technologies and relied upon by a succession of governmental-administrative projects of social regulation culminating in, but not exhausted by, the construction of a state sponsored 'insurantial' apparatus. The constitution of risk as the object of insurance, is, it is suggested, linked to a whole series of transformations in the aims and means of the liberal government of the 'social'. Insurance and its associated knowledge practices come to stand at the intersection between concerns about individual and collective security and a variety of practical problems of liberal governance .• Insurance, it is argued, has since the eighteenth century been enrolled in a wide variety of attempts to resolve problems that arise in the government of liberal societies. Risk, and its commodified antidote insurance, need to be understood in the context of these mutual interdependencies, and of the schemes of cultural and political invention that underlie them.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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