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The consequences of modernity

We do not as yet, the author argues, live in a post-modern world. The distinctive characteristics of our major social institutions in the closing years of the twentieth century suggest that, rather than entering into a period of post-modernity, we are moving into a period of?high modernity? in which the consequences of modernity are becoming more radicalized and universalized than before. A post-modern social universe may eventualy come into being, but this as yet lies on the other side of the forms of social and cultural organization that currently dominate world history
Print Book, English, 1990
Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif., 1990
ix, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780804717625, 9780804718912, 0804717621, 0804718911
I. Introduction
2. The discontinuities of modernity
3. Security and danger, trust and risk
4. Sociology and modernity
5. Modernity, time, and space
6. Disembedding
7. Trust
8. The reflexivity of modernity
9. Modernity or post-modernity?
10. Summary
II. The institutional dimensions of modernity
2. The globalising of modernity
3. Two theoretical perspectives
4. Dimensions of globalisation
III. Trust and modernity
2. Trust in abstract systems
3. Trust and expertise
4. Trust and ontological security
5. The pre-modern and the modern
IV. Abstract systems and the transformation of intimacy
2. Trust and personal relations
3. Trust and personal identity
4. Risk and danger in the modern world
5. Risk and ontological security
6. Adaptive reactions
7. A phenomenology of modernity
8. Deskilling and reskilling in everyday life
9. Objections to post-modernity
V. Riding the juggernaut
2. Utopian realism
3. Future orientations: the role of social movements
4. Post-modernity
VI. Is modernity a Western project?
2. Concluding observations
Based on the Raymond Fred West memorial lectures which the author delivered at Stanford University in April 1988 Entire Brian O'Connell Collection Social Theory