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Global Modernity: A Conceptual Sketch Volker Schmidt

Global Modernity: A Conceptual Sketch

Volker Schmidt

Published May 9th 2014
ISBN : 9781137435804
Hardcover
96 pages
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This study introduces and systematizes the concept of global modernity as a paradigm for the analysis of the contemporary era. Building on Parsons distinction between social, cultural, personal and organismic systems, it presents a four-dimensionalMoreThis study introduces and systematizes the concept of global modernity as a paradigm for the analysis of the contemporary era. Building on Parsons distinction between social, cultural, personal and organismic systems, it presents a four-dimensional scheme that aims to identify modernitys key structural components. Each dimension is explored in turn, highlighting different aspects of the modern condition. While focusing on universal features, the scheme leaves ample room for capturing cross-regional diversity. The books key argument is that we have entered a new phase of global, polycentric modernity which brings to a close several centuries of Western world domination and gives rise to a new world order.