radicalized modernitya conception of MODERNITY which GIDDENS (1990; 1991) opposes to POSTMODERNITY and POSTMODERNISM by emphasizing thatL
- institutional developments rather than epistemological pluralism account for a sense of fragmentation in the late modern world;
- tendencies to integration and disintegration are both evident in the process of GLOBALIZATION OF CULTURE;
- the self is not dissolved or dismembered – rather possibilities for reflexive self-identity are enhanced;
- the pressing nature of global problems underpins truth claims;
- empowerment and appropriation are features of modern society, not merely powerlessness;
- post-modernity might be used to refer to movement beyond the institutions of modernity.
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