The new worlds and sociology: An overview

Conference Paper

Since 1988 the world has witnessed unexpectedly massive changes and reforms, including the destructuring of the bipolar world of the Cold War era, the adoption of market economies to replace centrally planned economies, and the democratisation of authoritarian regimes. Essentially, this paper argues that the turbulent transition period of this decade is one that may be characterised as a ‘new world of new worlds’, presenting a vast ensemble of challenges for the sociological analysis of modernity. A historical perspective with previous periods of transition from one social order to the next is proposed, as well as a discussion of salient general socio-psychological features of the contemporary situation, such as changes in collective identity. Finally, attention is given to a methodological approach suitable to make sense of our world situation. © 1994, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tiryakian, EA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 148

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7242

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-5809

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/026858094009002001

Citation Source

  • Scopus