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Author Skirbekk, Gunnar, author

Title Multiple Modernities
Published [S.l.] : Chinese University Press
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Contents Acknowledgments vii -- Introduction : how do we conceptualize modernization processes? -- Processes of modernization in Norway in the 19th century : 1814-1884. Interplay between Lutheran state officials and popular movements -- The interplay of persons and institutions : 1880-1920 : a local case -- Modernization processes under democratic parliamentarianism until WWII : 1884-1940 -- An overview of early phases of modernization in Norway -- Processes of modernization in Norway since WWII : social imaginaries and forms of rationality -- Epistemic challenges and argumentative rationality : science and education, the public sphere, and politics -- Processes of modernization in a globalized world : universality, plurality, and sustainability? -- References -- Index
Summary Multiple Modernities approaches the concept of modernity through two historical phases of Norway. The first study focuses on the interplay between Lutheran state officials and popular movements in the nineteenth century as an essential aspect of the growth of social democracy. The second examination of modernization centers on twentieth-century Norway up to World War II. The book is balanced between theoretical remarks on conceptual issues (through the eyes of a trained philosopher rather than historian), an assessment of modernization processes, and a study of basic epistemic and structural challenges that confront us in our time. Scandinavian countries are often noted as cases of successful modernization processes. However, these references to a Scandinavian model tend to focus on the mid-twentieth century after World War II. In Skirbekk's view, the uniqueness of modernization processes in Scandinavia, for instance in Norway, is better conceived by focusing on the nineteenth century, with a continuation into the twentieth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-217) and index
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Subject Civilization, Modern
Comparative civilization
Social change -- Norway
Civilization, Modern.
Comparative civilization.
Social change.
Norway -- Civilization
Form Electronic book
ISBN 962996967X