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Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160840
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944156 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0023
Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo

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This chapter examines modernization theories of society and proposes that contemporary social theory must be much more sensitive to the apparent reconvergence of the world's regimes. It analyzes early modernization theory, its contemporary reconstruction, and the vigorous intellectual alternatives that arose. It contends that these theoretical developments are related to social and cultural history. It argues that the different formulations of modernity, socialism, and capitalism describe not only competing theoretical positions but deep shifts in historical sensibility.

Keywords: modernization theories; society; social theory; social history; cultural history; modernity; socialism; capitalism; historical sensibility

Chapter.  16797 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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