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 . Modernity involves the rise of modern society secularised societies with an institutional separation of the state from civil society a much greater degree of social and technical division of labour and the formation of nation states uniting cultural and political borders a rationalistic epistemology and an individualistic and objectivistic ontology. 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. This book considers the social and cultural aspects of 20th century modern industrial social formations focusing on britain and europe with reference to north america and australasia
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