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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

(p.15) Chapter 1 Modernity as a Field of Tensions
Social Theory and Later Modernities
Liverpool University Press

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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