February 2012, Polity
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- This is a brief, authoritative and accessible introduction to the idea of modernity, written by a leading social theorist.
- Wagner shows that modernity was based on ideas of freedom, reason and progress, but he examines the extent to which these ideas have been, and can be, realized in the modern world.
- He shows that our concept of modernity is inextricably tied to the history of the West and asks whether this places limits on attempts to compare societies and to develop a world sociology of modernity.
- This book will appeal to undergraduates, graduates and scholars in sociology, politics, cultural studies and related subjects.