Eisenstadt, Brazil and the multiple modernities framework: revisions and reconsiderations

Delanty, Gerard and Mota, Aurea (2015) Eisenstadt, Brazil and the multiple modernities framework: revisions and reconsiderations. Journal of Classical Sociology, 15 (1). pp. 39-57. ISSN 1468-795X

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The notion of multiple modernities as developed by Eisenstadt has become increasingly influential in debates about modernity and the historical formation of societies in comparative perspective. On closer inspection the theoretical framework is less than straight-forward when it comes to specific applications. This article considers Brazil from the perspective of a revised theory of multiple modernities. There has been virtually no application to specific case studies within the countries of the South. Brazil could be considered an important case study of modernity that deserves attention in its own right. The article shows that the theoretical framework of multiple modernities offers insights into the Brazilian trajectory of modernity, a consideration of which also challenges some of the assumptions of Eisenstadt’s approach. Despite the limits of the framework, the notion of multiple modernities offer a good basis for a global analysis of modernity. Greater attention needs to be given to civilizational encounters and to sources of conflict and plurality within modernity and which cannot be accounted for in terms of the principles of axiality postulated by Eisenstadt.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
Depositing User: Gerard Delanty
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 14:06
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2015 10:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49083
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