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An Outline of a Revisionist Theory of Modernity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 May 2006

Sudipta Kaviraj
Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London [].
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Modernization, contrary to the common assumption of most writings in the field, does not follow a uniform path. The diversity of the historical experiences in the Third World countries imposes a severe revision of the theory. The case of India is taken as a good example. It helps the author to declare that there are two theorical lines which must be at the same time divided and connected. The first is functionalist, the second sequentiel, including contradictions and break thoughts. A last section is devoted to the necessity of reflexivity.

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2005 Archives Européenes de Sociology

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