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Modernity : understanding the present

Author: Peter Wagner
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We live in a modern age, but what does 'modern' mean and how can a reflection on 'modernity' help us to understand the world today? These are the questions that Peter Wagner sets out to answer in this concise and accessible book. Wagner begins by returning to the question of modernity's western origins and its claims to open up a new and better era in the history of humanity. Modernity's claims and expectations  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Wagner
ISBN: 9780745652900 0745652905 9780745652917 0745652913
OCLC Number: 754168298
Description: xv, 190 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Re-theorizing Modernity. Retrieving modernity's past, understanding modernity's present --
Changing views of modernity : from convergence and stability to plurality and transformations --
Successive modernities : crisis, criticism and the idea of progress --
Disentangling the concept of modernity : time, action and the problems to be solved. Part II. Analysing the Contemporary Modernity. The link between Capitalism and Democracy reconsidered --
European and non-European trajectories of modernity compared --
Violence and justice in global modernity : reflections on South Africa with world-sociological intent --
Towards a world sociology of modernity.
Responsibility: Peter Wagner.

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* This is a brief, authoritative and accessible introduction to the idea of modernity, written by a leading social theorist. * Wagner shows that modernity was based on ideas of freedom, reason  Read more...

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Modernity as an organizing theoretical-interpretative device has had an untidy and unruly history. No one recognizes this better than Peter Wagner, and no one has done more to unpack, analyse, tame, Read more...

 
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