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modernity

the modern age, or the ideas and styles associated with this. In general historical terms, ‘modernity’ refers to the period since the Middle Ages and the RENAISSANCE and is associated with the replacement of TRADITIONAL SOCIETY by modern social forms (see MODERNIZATION). More specifically, it refers simply to the recent, to contemporary ways of doing things. If in one of its senses ‘modernity’ is seen as identified with a belief in rationality and the triumph of truth and science (see the ENLIGHTENMENT) it is now under attack from theorists who see the onset of a ‘postmodern’era (see POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM). Against this, for other theorists (as in Marx's phrase ‘all that's solid melts into air’), the flux and uncertainty described as ‘postmodern’ can be seen as inherent in modernity itself.
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Education was the singular means of ushering western modernity in these Presidencies.
Another dimension was temporal and more immediately pertinent to the problem of culture; it focused on the purported contrasts between Weimar and Nazi Germany, concluding that modernity offered no persuasive criterion of distinction.
The author introduces briefly the key concepts of modernity, environmental sustainability and energy transitions.
In the book's "Introduction: The Female and Male Modern Subject," Smith Rousselle looks to studies by Rita Felski and Jurgen Habermas to explore issues of modernity and gendered subjects.
The editors also assert that modernity must be understood not as an objective reality, but rather as an 'objectifying story that self-designated moderns tell about themselves and their societies' (p.
Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism brings together three much discussed and seemingly incompatible concepts in its title.
Yet beyond these false premises of the introduction, the volume makes valuable contributions and offers an overall understanding that, if not diametrically opposed to the colonial modernity framework, significantly shifts the point of emphasis.
With these "moments of rupture and collapse," El-Ariss asserts that new relations of power unfold between Arab and European, East and West, "tradition" and modernity (50).
In "America's Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia", noted juvenile justice scholar Simon I.
The problems created by the concept of modernity are not limited to the non-West.
Dr Rima Sabban Assistant Professor of Sociology at Zayed University who conducted research on the influence of modernity on the traditional values in GCC communities said countries that are growing faster have higher concerns about losing their traditions.
My object of study here is the privileged perspective provided by the genre of the travel narrative in Hispanic modernism, a genre which recounts the author's observations between bourgeois modernity and aesthetic modernity.