1st Edition

Political Modernity and Social Theory Origins, Development and Alternatives

By Jose Maur¡cio Domingues Copyright 2024
    484 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    484 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Modern liberal democracy and authoritarian collectivism have known diverse political regimes; autocratic, oligarchic or democratic, they each consist of a mixed, partly oligarchic regime in which plebeian politics are subordinated. With authoritarian collectivism’s defeat, a return to modernity has produced one more hybrid configuration.

    An in-depth investigation of political modernity and how it is differentiated from other forms of society, this book researches its origins and trajectory as a specific dimension of modern civilisation – articulating a renewed critical theory through an analysis of rights and law, politics, state and autonomy, social reproduction, crisis and political change.

    Examining these diverse aspects, Political Modernity and Social Theory proposes an encompassing and far-reaching approach spanning past and present – stressing radical plebeian democracy and maintaining a strong opening to the future and to possible alternatives to modernity.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.


    Part I. The liberal infrastructure

    1. Rights and citizenship
    2. The state and the law
    3. Power, agency and law
    4. From abstract to concrete
    5. Rights, state and the modern imaginary

    Part II. Politics, dynamics and processes

    6. Politics
    7. State power
    8. Political autonomy
    9. Trends and phases of modernity

    Part III. The international level

    10. The international dimension of political modernity

    Part IV. Political configurations and processes

    11. Political Regimes
    12. Political Processes
    13. Democracy

    Part V

    Epilogue: political modernity, social change and critique


    José Maurício Domingues is Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the State of Rio de Janeiro University in Brazil. He is the recipient of the Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the author of numerous books in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, including Authoritarian Collectivism and ‘Real Socialism’ (2021), Emancipation and History: The Return of Social Theory (2018) and Latin American and Contemporary Modernity: A Sociological Interpretation (Routledge, 2008).