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The last decade has witnessed a revival of interest in the problems of modernity and modernization. In particular, three major processes have emerged as objects of debate: " The transformations of capitalism manifested in globalization and the unfolding of post-industrial society " The rapid and strong economic development of countries outside the West " The political and economic transformations in the post-Soviet countries of Eastern Europe

Modernity and its Future
Modernity and its future

At the end of the twentieth century, can we still define the societies and cultures in which we live as modern or have we entered into a qualitatively different historical phase? To what extent was the modern project achieved and is still to be achieved in the various parts of the world? What are the routes to and through modernization and how many are there? What are the possible future outcomes of modernity? What is the relationship between modernization and globalization?

In this chapter, I will examine these problems with reference to the contemporary sociological debate on the concept of modernity, which has prompted some scholars to consider the present age an expression of incomplete modernity or a radicalization ...

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