The changing centers of modernity

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The most prolific of contemporary sociologists, S. N. Eisenstadt has been an immense stimulus in revitalizing the comparative macro-sociological orientation of the discipline. He has done this through cross-cultural studies and through historical ones, with a fundamental concern for understanding the whys and wherefores of social change. At the core of this concern stands the problem of coming to grips with modernity. Modernity does have significance if it is treated in a structural sense, rather than only in an individual or psychological sense. The Roman Empire and its metropolis appear as an epicenter of modernity that lasted for several centuries, although it underwent a "degenerative phase" that was masked for a long while by the material opulence of its civilization. But the Roman Empire also became the locale for a new world religion, that of Christianity, which in its "Western" form was to have a profound effect on succeeding waves of modernity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tiryakian, EA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2019

Book Title

  • Comparative Social Dynamics: Essays in Honor of S. N. Eisenstadt

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 147

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780367014896

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9780429044755-11

Citation Source

  • Scopus