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To adapt a building or structure to current conditions, tastes, or usage, usually by remodeling.
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Eighty percent of Sunnis surveyed expressed concern over the struggle between modernization and fundamentalism, with 65 percent of that group identifying with the modernizers, six percent with the fundamentalists and 8 percent refusing to name with whom their sympathies lay.
To modernizers focused on the future, the market was incompatible with their vision of city development.
In these debates, modernizers prioritized economic prosperity, technological innovation, and efficiency.
But he also argues, correctly in my opinion, that the optimism of the modernizers collapsed in the lace of the Vietnam War and its domestic fallout, including the deep political divisions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
As I read the book, I thought about the resilience of American optimism and the return of some of the modernizers' views as the United States emerged victorious from the Cold War.
276), that they selectively used these "technologies to change their environment, to create rural forms of modernity that differed from those envisioned by the modernizers" (p.
A study by the National Chamber of Commerce released on March 10 warns that if the Salinas-backed modernizers do not win the August national elections, business interests expect "revolution and a rupture with the past."
The authors also note that the undertakings of the early modernizers were carried out under pressure and in the face of strong resistance from the Ottoman Muslim population who were psychologically conditioned to resent imitating the West.
Another deterrent to modernization: "the very strength of pre-modern social institutions (which) proved often to be obstacles in the way of needed change." In other words, the would-be modernizers acted against the religious establishment, Muslim or non-Muslim, and failed to co-opt much needed support from the Islamic establishment.
Modernizers are willing to grant legal equality to blacks and women because it helps ensure a dynamic business climate.
He discards the "conservative" and "liberal" labels and substitutes the more appropriate "traditionalist" and "modernizer," which describe the two strains of politicians who dominate North Carolina and most of the South today.
Labelling the Nazis "reluctant" and "partial modernizers" in the realm of economic policy, she concludes that "although modernization provides the necessary conditions for emancipation, as for democratization, it makes neither inevitable; the former remains conditional upon the achievement of the latter." (243)