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Discourse and KnowledgeThe Making of Enlightenment Sociology$
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Piet Strydom

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312960

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Discourse of Modernity

Discourse of Modernity

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(p.68) Chapter 4 Discourse of Modernity
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Discourse and Knowledge
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238058.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the idea of the discourse of modernity. It discusses the general problem of the constitution and organisation of society in the discourse of modernity and focuses on the crisis discourses marking the different phases in the discursive construction of modern society. These crisis discourses include the early modern rights discourse, which concentrated on the problem of violence; the justice discourse, activated by a series of debates about the problem of poverty; and finally, the responsibility discourse, generated by debates that deal with the problem of nature.

Keywords:   modernity, society, crisis discourses, modern rights, violence, justice, poverty, responsibility, nature

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