Introduction: The Civilization of Modernity and the Modernity of Civilizations


Journal Article

“Civilization” has been a contested term since its inception in the 18th century. However, after the pioneering studies of Weber and Mauss, civilizational analysis dropped from sight in major reference works. The present issue is an endeavor to recapture the significance on the contemporary scene of civilizations and their dynamics as macro-units of analysis. Attention is given to the trio of “second generation” figures, Sorokin, Elias and Nelson, and to more recent conceptualizations, including the controversial thesis of Huntington. © 2001, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tiryakian, EA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 277 - 292

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-5809

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/026858001016003002

Citation Source

  • Scopus