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Andrej Kovačič, Nevanka Podgornik


The passage into a late modern society means the exclusion of a person from his traditional relations, religious systems and social relationships. To an individual the exposure to risks, which were unknown to the traditional pre-modern society, represent vulnerability, especially regarding interpersonal relationships and the possibility of one’s self- modernization. We start from the assumption that phenomena as riskiness, uncertainty, anxiety, unhappiness and disconnectedness are immanent to risk society and that the modern structure of society creates individuals with an unclear and unstable identity. This manifests itself in a form of numerous emotional distresses and thus consequently can make personal distresses a sociological, aggregate phenomenon as well as individual mental health problem.

Key words: late-modern, identity, individualization, ontological safety, mental health

Andrej Kovačič, Ph.D. is a researcher at the Faculty of Media (Ljubljana, Slovenia). He is an active coach and chief executive manager of VEGA (scientific publishing company) and several business companies.


Nevenka Podgornik, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the School for advanced social studies where she carries out pedagogical and research work. According to the professional educational profile she is a psychotherapist with a degree in reality psychotherapy and hold a European degree in psychotherapy. She researches issues regarding relationships, problems related to various addictions and other mental health problems, and educational approaches.

Cite this article:
Andrej Kovačič, Nevenka Podgornik. THE SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF A LATE-MODERN INDIVIDUAL'S IDENTITY . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:20-41, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art2

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art2

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