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Formations of Modernity : (Introduction to sociology) [Paperback]

Bram Gieben , Stuart Hall
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1 Nov 1992
Formations of Modernity is a major introductory textbook offering an account of the important historical processes, institutions and ideas that have shaped the development of modern societies. This challenging and innovative book ′maps′ the evolution of those distinctive forms of political, economic, social and cultural life which characterize modern societies, from their origins in early modern Europe to the nineteenth century. It examines the roots of modern knowledge and the birth of the social sciences in the Enlightenment, and analyses the impact on the emerging identity of ′the West′ of its encounters through exploration, trade, conquest and colonization, with ′other civilizations′. Designed as an introduction to modern societies and modern sociological analyses, this book is of value to students on a wide variety of social science courses in universities and colleges and also to readers with no prior knowledge of sociology. Selected readings from a broad range of classical writers (Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Freud, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau) and contemporary thinkers (Michael Mann, E.P. Thompson, Edward Said) are integrated in each chapter, together with student questions and exercises.

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 1st. Edition edition (1 Nov 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745609600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745609607
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Formations of Modernity is a major introductory textbook offering an account of the important historical processes, institutions and ideas that have shaped the development of modern societies. This challenging and innovative book ′maps′ the evolution of those distinctive forms of political, economic, social and cultural life which characterize modern societies, from their origins in early modern Europe to the nineteenth century. It examines the roots of modern knowledge and the birth of the social sciences in the Enlightenment, and analyses the impact on the emerging identity of ′the West′ of its encounters through exploration, trade, conquest and colonization, with ′other civilizations′. Designed as an introduction to modern societies and modern sociological analyses, this book is of value to students on a wide variety of social science courses in universities and colleges and also to readers with no prior knowledge of sociology. Selected readings from a broad range of classical writers (Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Freud, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau) and contemporary thinkers (Michael Mann, E.P. Thompson, Edward Said) are integrated in each chapter, together with student questions and exercises.

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Formations of modernity is a very insightful book which is best understood as part of the three open university press books which together give a good understanding of modernity and the enlightenment, views on modernity and postmodernity as well as arguments to say the society we are living in is niether modern nor post modern but late modern. Covers most of the main voices in the debate for example Levi-stauss, Bauman, foucalt and Boudrillard. Essential reading for those studying society, particularly Interdisciplinary Human studies students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for uni students 23 May 2005
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This book is essential reading for all university sociology students. It sets out the enlightenment, the development of the modern state and all other areas of modernity clearer than any lecture i've been to. Trust me you will need this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 April 2014
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Valuable book for economic history and also a growing field of historical sociology. Easy to read format and easy to understand. Also has more reading for the extra eager.
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Save your money. Terrible literature and poorly written. Clearly has much to learn and not prepared enough for writing. Certainly not worth the money. Wait until you see it in a discount shop or car boot sale
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