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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

Globalization and Modernity
Globalization and modernity

Globalization is one of the most visible consequences of modernity and has in its turn reshaped the project of modernity. I have argued several times in this book that modernization is a global process, and that modernity must be reconceptualized in the context of globalization. The theme of globalization is central to re-examinations of modernity, especially those of Giddens and Beck, as it is in depictions of post-modern society and in studies of developing countries, that were analyzed in the previous pages. If one defines globalization as a long historical process as Robertson does (2001), such global processes as the growth of world religions, voyages of discovery, early map-making, or the spread of the Gregorian calendar, constitute key preconditions for ...

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