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Social Theory and Later ModernitiesThe Turkish Experience$
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Ibrahim Kaya

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238881

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314094

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Modernity as a Field of Tensions

Modernity as a Field of Tensions

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(p.15) Chapter 1 Modernity as a Field of Tensions
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Social Theory and Later Modernities
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238881.003.0002

This chapter discusses the field of modernity and its contrasting theoretical perspective in recent years, stressing that modernity should as a multiplicity instead of as a totality or a double-edged phenomenon. By using the concept of multiplicity, it is neither possible to complete the modernity project and epoch. Furthermore, by viewing it as a multiplicity, tension is produced from its openness to interpretation. The chapter elaborates on that openness of modernity and its consequences, concluding by saying the modernity should not be acknowledged with a specific geography, civilization or ethnicity.

Keywords:   totality, double-edged phenomenon, multiplicity, openness, tension

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