9780745648224-0745648223-The Dark Side of Modernity

The Dark Side of Modernity

ISBN-13: 9780745648224
ISBN-10: 0745648223
Edition: 1
Author: Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Polity
Format: Paperback 200 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780745648224
ISBN-10: 0745648223
Edition: 1
Author: Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Polity
Format: Paperback 200 pages

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Acknowledged authors Alexander, Jeffrey C. wrote The Dark Side of Modernity comprising 200 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0745648223 and 9780745648224. Since then The Dark Side of Modernity textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In this book, one of the world’s leading social theorists presents a critical, alarmed, but also nuanced understanding of the post-traditional world we inhabit today. Jeffrey Alexander writes about modernity as historical time and social condition, but also as ideology and utopia. The idea of modernity embodies the Enlightenment’s noble hopes for progress and rationality, but its reality brings great suffering and exposes the destructive impulses that continue to motivate humankind.

Alexander examines how twentieth-century theorists struggled to comprehend the Janus-faced character of modernity, which looks backward and forward at the same time. Weber linked the triumph of worldly asceticism to liberating autonomy but also ruthless domination, describing flights from rationalization as systemic and dangerous. Simmel pointed to the otherness haunting modernity, even as he normalized the stranger. Eisenstadt celebrated Axial Age transcendence, but acknowledged its increasing capacity for barbarity. Parsons heralded American community, but ignored modernity’s fragmentations.

Rather than seeking to resolve modernity’s contradictions, Alexander argues that social theory should accept its Janus-faced character. It is a dangerous delusion to think that modernity can eliminate evil. Civil inclusion and anti-civil exclusion are intertwined. Alexander enumerates dangerous frictions endemic to modernity, but he also suggests new lines of social amelioration and emotional repair.

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