Modernity and modernization

Modernity and modernization

SN Eisenstadt The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel

abstract This article analyzes the major characteristics of modernity, of modern civilization; the major analytical approaches related to the major social structures and the contemporary state. The core of this analysis is the notion of multiple modernities. This idea assumes that the best way to understand the contemporary world is for modernity to be seen as a story of continual formation, constitution, reconstitution and development of multiple, changing and often contested and conflicting modernities.

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