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The Meanings of Social LifeA Cultural Sociology$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.001.0001

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Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo

Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo

How Intellectuals Explain “Our Time”

(p.193) 8 Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo
The Meanings of Social Life

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

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

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