The End of Modernity: What the Financial and Environmental Crisis Is Really Telling Us

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Modernity: Promise and Reality

What did modernity promise, and how successful has it been at delivering on its promises over the last few centuries? Modernity has involved a strong commitment to a free market economic system, and it has tended to advocate democracy as the most efficient way of running that system, although the dramatic rise of China as an economic superpower in recent times has undermined the notion to some degree, given the country’s notably authoritarian political structures. Modernity can appear to be an egalitarian movement, the premise being that anyone can join in, and that eventually all who do so and put in the appropriate effort will be rewarded with an improved lifestyle replete with the latest consumer goods. But in reality the West has been quite happy to exploit developing world cultures for their raw materials and cheap labour (a process exacerbated considerably by the spread of globalisation), and we have become increasingly aware in recent years of the disparity in wealth between those cultures and the West. The cheaper the jeans, the tee- shirt, the toys or the computer, for example, then the better for the Western consumer, but all too often the worse for the developing world contract employee.1

Even within the West itself the disparity between those in the upper and lower reaches of the socio- economic scale has become progressively more marked in the last few decades (a phenomenon particularly noted in the USA), with the fruits of unregulated free

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Preface ix
  • Part I - The End of Modernity? the Cultural Dimension 1
  • 1 - Introduction- the End of Modernity 3
  • 2 - Modernity- Promise and Reality 24
  • 3 - Beyond Postmodernity 38
  • Part II - The End of Modernity? the Economic Dimension 55
  • 4 - Marx Was Right, but … 57
  • 5 - Diagnosing the Market- Fundamentalism as Cure Fundamentalism as Disease 71
  • 6 - Forget Friedman 102
  • Part III - Beyond Modernity 121
  • 7 - Learning from the Arts- Life after Modernism 123
  • 8 - Politics after Modernity 139
  • 9 - Conclusion- a Post- Progress World 161
  • Notes 183
  • Bibliography 205
  • Index 216
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