The Resource Modernity : understanding the present, Peter Wagner

Modernity : understanding the present, Peter Wagner

Label
Modernity : understanding the present
Title
Modernity
Title remainder
understanding the present
Statement of responsibility
Peter Wagner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 have become more prevalent and widely shared, but in the course of their realization and diffusion they have also been radically transformed. In an acute and engaging analysis, Wagner examines, among others, the following key issues: -- Modernity was based on the hope for freedom and reason, but it created the institutions of contemporary capitalism and democracy. How does the freedom of the citizen relate to the freedom of the buyer and seller today? And what does disaffection with capitalism and democracy entail for the sustainability of modernity? -- Rather than a single model of modernity, there is now a plurality of forms of modern socio-political organization. What does this entail for our idea of progress and our hope that the future world can be better than the present one? -- All nuance and broadening notwithstanding, our concept of modernity is in some way inextricably tied to the history of Europe and the West. How can we compare different forms of modernity in a 'symmetric', non-biased or non-Eurocentric way? How can we develop a world sociology of modernity?"--Page 4 of cover
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
303.4
Index
index present
LC call number
HM831
LC item number
.W343 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Modernity : understanding the present, Peter Wagner
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-182) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn841809579
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 190 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780745674339
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b28711270
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)841809579
  • pebco074567433X

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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