Culture, Modernity and Revolution: Essays in Honour of by Richard Kilminster, Ian Varcoe

By Richard Kilminster, Ian Varcoe

In Culture, Modernity and Revolution a bunch of amazing sociologists and social philosophers replicate upon the key matters of Zygmunt Bauman. Their essays not just honour the guy, yet offer very important contributions to the 3 interlinked topics which may be acknowledged to shape the guiding threads of Bauman's existence paintings: strength, tradition and modernity. Culture, Modernity and Revolution is either a striking sociological remark at the difficulties dealing with East-Central Europe and an exposition of a few of the most important, hitherto missed, good points of the fashionable cultural universe.

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Attempts were made to construct in the present, with a view to the future, a new social order and to justify it according to some transcendental and universalist criteria and the ideals inherent in it. Thirdly, there was the strong tendency to emphasize the 28 MODERNITY AND DEMOCRACY possibility of the active participation of social groups in the formation of a new social and cultural order, as well as a high level of commitment to such orders. Fourthly, there were very strong universalistic orientations—in principle negating the importance and significance of any specific political or national boundaries, but at the same time attempting to define a new, basic, sociopolitical order with broad, yet relatively definitive, boundaries.

Our soul [Seele] possesses no substantial unity, but only that which results from the interaction between the subject and the object into which it partitions itself. For the spirit [Geist], this is not a contingent form, which could be otherwise without modifying what belongs to our essence, but rather the spirit’s own essential form. To possess spirit means nothing else than to carry out this inner split, to make oneself into an object, to be able to know oneself…. The subject endowed with soul knows itself as object and the object as subject.

These essays have all been brought together at a certain point in the development of modern European societies; this point is clearly closely bound up with the end of the Cold War, and has global implications. As such, these essays have a time-bound immediacy and significance. In our view 20 INTRODUCTION there is a very considerable research agenda involved in understanding all this. We see these essays as a small part of a much larger enterprise. It will inevitably involve not only sociologists but also social scientists from other disciplines.

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