The Dark Side of Modernity

The Dark Side of Modernity

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  • Electronic book text | 180 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745665071
  • 9780745665078

About Jeffrey C. Alexander

Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University and a co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale.show more

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-Jeffery Alexander's The dark side of modernity (2013) is an eclectic collection of essays written over 25 years and spanning from discussions on a few key theorists - including Weber, Simmel, Eisenstadt, and Parsons - to engagements with some of the central themes of modernity... its greatest contribution is that it allows us to reconsider some of the founding debates of our discipline.-Information, Communication & Society-Alexander greatly contributes to social theory by demonstrating the two sides of the coin of modernity in his explanation to diverse approaches and various thinkers in the field.-Review of Social Studies-This book offers a highly engaging and insightful overview of modernity-Political Studies Review-No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. The Dark Side of Modernity collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking.-Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University-Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole.-Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of Habits of the Heart "Jeffery Alexander's The dark side of modernity (2013) is an eclectic collection of essays written over 25 years and spanning from discussions on a few key theorists - including Weber, Simmel, Eisenstadt, and Parsons - to engagements with some of the central themes of modernity... its greatest contribution is that it allows us to reconsider some of the founding debates of our discipline."Information, Communication & Society"Alexander greatly contributes to social theory by demonstrating the two sides of the coin of modernity in his explanation to diverse approaches and various thinkers in the field."Review of Social Studies"This book offers a highly engaging and insightful overview of modernity"Political Studies Review"No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. The Dark Side of Modernity collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking."Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University"Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of Habits of the Heart "Jeffery Alexander's The dark side of modernity (2013) is an eclectic collection of essays written over 25 years and spanning from discussions on a few key theorists - including Weber, Simmel, Eisenstadt, and Parsons - to engagements with some of the central themes of modernity... its greatest contribution is that it allows us to reconsider some of the founding debates of our discipline.""Information, Communication & Society""Alexander greatly contributes to social theory by demonstrating the two sides of the coin of modernity in his explanation to diverse approaches and various thinkers in the field.""Review of Social Studies""This book offers a highly engaging and insightful overview of modernity""Political Studies Review""No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. "The Dark Side of Modernity" collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking."Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University"Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of "Habits of the Heart" "Alexander greatly contributes to social theory by demonstrating the two sides of the coin of modernity in his explanation to diverse approaches and various thinkers in the field.""Review of Social Studies""This book offers a highly engaging and insightful overview of modernity""Political Studies Review""No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. "The Dark Side of Modernity" collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking."Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University"Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of "Habits of the Heart" "This book offers a highly engaging and insightful overview of modernity""Political Studies Review""No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. "The Dark Side of Modernity" collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking."Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University"Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of "Habits of the Heart" "No major figure in American social theory has reached so far beyond regional traditions to reinvent the language by which we interpret culture, politics, and the dilemmas of modernity. "The Dark Side of Modernity" collects superb essays representative of Jeff Alexander's special gift for clear expression, unflinching criticism, and creative thinking."Charles Lemert, Center for Comparative Research, Sociology, Yale University"Modernity has had its critics from the beginning, but social science in general and sociology in particular have mainly supported the idea that it is a 'good thing.' Few were willing to look squarely at the dark side of modernity, Weber being a partial exception. Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of "Habits of the Heart"show more

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