Global Modernity, Development, and Contemporary Civilization

Towards a Renewal of Critical Theory

By José Maurício Domingues

© 2012 – Routledge

276 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book investigates modern global civilization, offering an alternative to post-colonial theories and the "multiple modernities" approach (as well as the civilizational theory linked to it). It argues that modernity has become a global civilization that is heterogeneous and intertwined with other civilizations, and also aims at a renewal of critical theory that is not US-centric and Eurocentric, focusing instead on China, South Asia (India) and Latin America (Brazil). Dealing with the themes of centre-periphery relations, complexity (including culture and religion), democracy and emancipatory possibilities, this book is based on general theoretical ideas such as collective subjectivity, the interplay of memory and creativity, and the concept of "modernizing moves," so as to deal with historical contingency.

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About the Author

José Maurício Domingues holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is Professor at the Institute for Political and Social Studies of Rio de Janeiro State University (IESP-UERJ).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Emerging Societies

The baton of driving the world economy is passing to emerging economies. This is not just an economic change, but a social change, with migration flows changing direction towards surplus economies; a political change, as in the shift from the G7 to G20; and over time, cultural changes. This also means that the problems of emerging societies will increasingly become world problems. This series addresses the growing importance of BRIC (Brazil Russia India China) and rising societies such as South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE and Mexico. The term ‘emerging societies’ refers to concerns wider than just emerging markets or emerging powers, taking a kaleidoscopic approach that ranges from political economy, finance, technology and IP to social movements, culture, art and aesthetics. The series focuses on problems generated by emergence such as social inequality, cultural change, media, ethnic and religious strife, ecological constraints, relations with advanced and developing societies, and new regionalism, with a particular interest in addressing debates and social reflexivity in emerging societies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS092000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries