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Modernities. A Geohistorical Interpretation. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5228118
  • Book
  • November 2003
  • 168 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Taylor develops a geohistorical argument which focuses on the periods and places of modernities, offering a grounded analysis of what it is to be modern. He identifies three 'prime modernities' which have defined the development of our modern world: today's consumer modernity preceded by the industrial modernity of the nineteenth century which was itself preceded by mercantile modernity.
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Prologue: Being Geohistorical.

Who's Modern?.

1. Modern, --ity, --ism, --ization:.

Ambiguous to the core.

Social theory with smoke in its eyes.

2. Prime Modernities:.

Multiple moderns versus multiple modernities.

Consensus and coercion in the projection of hegemonic power.

3. Ordinary Modernity: .

Cultural celebrations of the ordinariness.

Feeling comfortable: the modern home.

Suburbia: the domestic landscape of consumer modernity.

Not modernism.

4. Modern States: .


Absolutism as a political way of life.

Going Dutch.

The changing nature of territoriality.

5. Political Movements: .

Parties and movements.

Movements and modernities.

Socialism against the modernity that Britain built.

Environmentalism against the modernity that America built.

r 6. Geographical Tensions:.

Where and what?.

Place-space tensions.

Nation-state as enabling place and dis-enabling space.

Home-household as enabling place and dis-enabling space.

7. Americanization:.

Incipient, capacious and resonant Americanizations.

Inside America: conditions for constructing a modernity.

Outside America: seeing the most modern of the modern.

Americanization and globalization.


Presents and Ends.

System logic: the extraordinary effect of ordinary modernity.

Political practice: the post-traditional challenge.



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Peter J. Taylor Loughborough University.
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