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Interpretations and critiques of modernity

Professor Atle Møen har publiched an article titled "Interpretations and critiques of modernity - A review of Peter Wagner: Modernity: understanding the present".


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Peter Wagner has been one of the foremost theoretical sociologist for more
than two decades. In particular, he has outlined an innovative way of linking social
philosophy, political philosophy, and normative concerns to comparative- historical
sociology. His overall goal is to describe modernity as different interpretations of
modernity as an alternative to an institutional analysis of modernity.Wagner also draws
heavily upon Boltanski's and Thevenot's sociology of critical capacities, in which
members of society create institutions through disputes, evaluations, and everyday
critiques of problematic experiences; therefore social critique is immanent in all modern

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