- Subject index
Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.
Chapter 8: Searching for a Centre that Holds
Searching for a Centre that Holds
We are desperate to work our way out of the maelstrom.
(Benjamin Nelson, 1981)
All truly decisive departures this century took us, sociologists, and our kindred experts on history and its works, unawares. Like weather forecasters, we are at our best when prognosticating more of the same; it is the change, the radical change, change in the rules of the game and thus in the game itself, that defies our imagination, shackled as it has been since the beginning of the modern age to continuous time and monotoneity of institutional reproduction. A Hebrew sage of the third century said that three things come unexpected: the Messiah, a found article and a scorpion; on the strength of ...