How can differences be understood in social theory through comparisons, and how should social theory relate to regional studies to do so? This question has been prevalent within the sociological field for over a century, but is becoming increasingly important in a globalised age in which cultural borders are constantly challenged and rapidly changing. In this collection, Arjomand and Reis illuminate the importance of exploring spatial, cultural and intellectual differences beyond generalizations, attempting to understand diversity in itself as it takes shape across the world. With contributions from internationally renowned scholars, and a focussed emphasis upon sociological key themes such as modernization, citizenship, human rights, inequality and domination, this title provides a rich and convincing discussion that will add significant value to the ongoing debate about alternative modernities, diversity and change within the social sciences.
Worlds of Difference constitutes an important and timely collection that will be of great inspiration for students and scholars alike.
Part I: One or Many Modernities?
- Chapter 1: Multiple Modernities and the Promise of Comparative Sociology
- Chapter 2: Are the Theories of Multiple Modernities Eurocentric? The Problem of Colonialism and Its Knowledge(s)
- Chapter 3: The Shores of the Southern Ocean: Steps Toward a World Sociology of Modernity, with Australian Examples
- Chapter 4: Conceptualizing Overlapping Modernities: A View from Post-Communist Eastern Europe
- Chapter 5: Forms of Secularity Before Secularism: The Political Morality of Ashoka and Akbar
- Chapter 6: Two Types of Secularization: The Iranian Case
Part II: Democracy, Citizenship, Inequalities and the Challenge of Difference
- Chapter 7: Racial Redress, National Identity and Citizenship in Post-Apartheid South Africa
- Chapter 8: Democracy and the Challenge of Reconciling Equality and Difference
- Chapter 9: Suffrage without Citizenship? Deliberating About the Boundaries of the Demos in Geneva
- Chapter 10: Contemporary Citizenship: Four Types
- Chapter 11: Gradual and Categorical Inequalities