ABSTRACT

The proliferation of ambiguities throughout various levels of society is one of the hallmarks of late modernity; it is also one of the key factors underpinning contemporary individualisation. Yet as the overall architecture of the discussion has demonstrated, these ambiguities allow the contemporary relationship between the individual and society to unfold in a complex and ambiguous fashion on the institutional, organisational and individual levels. One of the main premises of this study is the inseparability, interconnectedness and interdependence of three themes: structural differentiation, individualisation and social integration. I have argued that ‘organised individualisation’ describes the contemporary relationship between individual and society as ambiguous. On the one hand, individualisation is driven by a sense of liberation; yet on the other, hyper-differentiation and the increasing dependence on organisations subject it to more or less obvious risks of instrumentalisation.