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9780745621302

Modernities A Geohistorical Interpretation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745621302

  • ISBN10:

    0745621309

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-01-15
  • Publisher: Polity

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Summary

Taylor develops a geohistorical argument which focuses on the periods and places of modernities, offering a grounded analysis of what it is to be modern. He identifies three 'prime modernities' which have defined the development of our modern world: today's consumer modernity preceded by the industrial modernity of the nineteenth century which was itself preceded by mercantile modernity.

Author Biography

Peter Taylor is Professor of Geography at Loughborough University.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Prologue: Being Geohistorical.

Who's Modern?.

1. Modern, --ity, --ism, --ization:.

Ambiguous to the core.

Social theory with smoke in its eyes.

2. Prime Modernities:.

Multiple moderns versus multiple modernities.

Consensus and coercion in the projection of hegemonic power.

3. Ordinary Modernity: .

Cultural celebrations of the ordinariness.

Feeling comfortable: the modern home.

Suburbia: the domestic landscape of consumer modernity.

Not modernism.

4. Modern States: .

Inter-stateness.

Absolutism as a political way of life.

Going Dutch.

The changing nature of territoriality.

5. Political Movements: .

Parties and movements.

Movements and modernities.

Socialism against the modernity that Britain built.

Environmentalism against the modernity that America built.

r 6. Geographical Tensions:.

Where and what?.

Place-space tensions.

Nation-state as enabling place and dis-enabling space.

Home-household as enabling place and dis-enabling space.

7. Americanization:.

Incipient, capacious and resonant Americanizations.

Inside America: conditions for constructing a modernity.

Outside America: seeing the most modern of the modern.

Americanization and globalization.

Epilogue.

Presents and Ends.

System logic: the extraordinary effect of ordinary modernity.

Political practice: the post-traditional challenge.

References.

Index.

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