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Is Mediterranean Socialism Different?

Norman Birnbaum

in After Progress

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195158595
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158595.003.0008
Is Mediterranean Socialism Different?

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The concept of modernization is tautological: modernity is a phenomenon of the very recent past, interpreted as a positive culmination of historical development. Many advocates of the modernization thesis suppose that a limited state, a market with consumer sovereignty, and a society marked by the absence of total social prescription in the realms of belief, culture, and morality define modernity. The idea of modernization is to secularize the idea of progress, as its protagonists anxiously examine very different contemporary societies for evidence of modernization itself. For Spain, it is far more accurate to refer to Europeanization. Their cosmopolitanism was the result of a European influence that could not be stopped at the Pyrenees, of education and travel in the rest of the world, of the increasing integration of Spain into the world economy.

Keywords: modernization; sovereignty; societies; Spain; Europeanization; cosmopolitanism

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