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وصف كتب مصر
We are all modern today. But modernity today is not what it used to be. Over
the past few decades, modernity has been radically changed by globalization,
individualization, new inequalities, and fundamentalism. A novel way of
analysing contemporary societies is needed. This book proposes such an analysis.
Every society seeks answers to certain basic questions: how to order life in
common; how to satisfy human needs; how to establish knowledge. Sociology long
assumed that the answers had been found once and for all: a liberal-democratic
state, a market economy, and free scientific institutions. This trinity used to
be called 'modern society'.
By contrast, this book is based on the idea that, under conditions of
modernity, there are no stable and certain answers to these questions. There is
a plurality of possible answers, every proposed answer can be criticized and
contested, and every society needs to find its answer on its own.
This new sociology of modernity proposes two key instruments through which to
understand the answers given to those questions: the experiences human beings
have of their own modernity and the interpretations they give to those
experiences. It reviews the history of 'Western' modernity in this light and
then focuses on the specific answers that were and are being developed in