Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies
January 1996, ©1996, Wiley-Blackwell
The book is divided into three parts, corresponding to the formation, consolidation and prospects of modernity. From the start, four major social processes are identified: the social, the cultural, the political, and the economic. These form the basis of the four chapters in Part 1, and organize the narrative or 'story-line' of the rest of the text. In Part 2, they provide the framework for an analyis of what developed industrial societies look like and how they work. And in Part 3,they provide the basis for identifying the emergent social forces and contradictory processes which are radically re-shaping modern societies today.
This is the widest-ranging introduction to the nature of modern societies and will be invaluable to introductory and post-introductory students of sociology.
Part 1: Formations of Modernity.
Part II: Structures and Processes of Modernity.
Part III: Modernity and its Futures.
Don Hubert is Post-Graduate Researcher at the University of Cambridge.
* This is the widest-ranging introduction to modern societies available.
* Provides a mulit-dimensional account, covering not only political and economic factors but social and cultural ones as well.
"It's so readable, intelligent, multicultural, and in touch with new thinking, that it could find a nice place in American sociology." Steven Seidman, SUNY, Albany