Theorising the transition: Longue durée and current conjuncture in centre-periphery relations in Britain, France and Spain

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Title: Theorising the transition: Longue durée and current conjuncture in centre-periphery relations in Britain, France and Spain
Authors: Ruane, Joseph
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7713
Date: 28-Nov-2003
Abstract: Contemporary social theorists argue that we are at a moment of profound cultural and historical transition. This is conceived variously as a shift from modernity to reflexive modernity, from modernity to post- modernity, from the Westphalian system of nation-states to a global order, from the ‘Modern Age’ to the ‘Global Age’. The substantive arguments include the claim that the nation-state is in crisis as power is devolved upwards to international bodies and downwards to regions, that borders are dissolving and ‘societies’ are turning into multiple, spatially-extensive, open-ended networks, that social structures are ‘liquifying’ and cultures fragmenting. Is contemporary change really so far-reaching? Not everyone is so convinced.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: UCD Press
Keywords: Modernity;Postmodernity;Globalisation
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Ruane, J., Todd, J. and Mandeville, A. (eds.). Europe's Old States in the New World Order: The Politics of Transition in Britain, France and Spain
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection

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