Unification or Multiplication? Theorizing Multiple Modernities

By Glenda Ballantyne.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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There is a widespread consensus that historical developments in the latter part of the twentieth century called into question widely shared and taken for granted assumptions about ‘modern society.’One of the most significant shifts which has resulted has been a growing recognition of the diversity of modern social forms, but attempts to theorize and conceptualize the pluralities of contemporary social experience have gone in different directions, and some of the most widely resonating new interpretive prisms have implicitly returned to assumptions about unity. This paper identifies the emerging paradigm of ‘multiple modernities’ as a more productive response to the complexities of modernity, and explores the thematic, perspectival and conceptual innovations which have contributed to its interpretive power.

Keywords: Multiple Modernities, Modernity, Globalization, Civilizations, Agency

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.53-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 544.778KB).

Dr. Glenda Ballantyne

Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale, Victoria, Australia

Glenda Ballantyne began teaching sociology at Swinburne, Lilydale in 2002. Her research interests include social movements, multiple modernities, identity and subjectivity and hermeneutics. Before moving to Swinburne, she taught and undertook a Phd at La Trobe University. She was a founding director of the feminist printing and publishing co-operative, Sybylla Press, and has been active in the women's movement and local initiatives to foster intercultural dialogue and political involvement. Recent publications include Creativity and Critique: Subjectivity and Agency in Touraine and Ricoeur, Brill, Leiden, 2006/7

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