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Post-Communism: postmodernity or modernity revisited?

Ray, Larry J. (1997) Post-Communism: postmodernity or modernity revisited? British Journal of Sociology, 48 (4). pp. 543-560. ISSN 0007-1315. (doi:10.2307/591595) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:38798)

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Abstract

Coinciding with the popularity of postmodern theory, the fall of communism appeared to offer further evidence of the exhaustion of modernity. Such analysis is grounded in a view that the Soviet system was the epitome of modernity. An alternative approach regards post-communism as opening new terrains of struggle for modernity. Thus Habermas and others suggest that post-communist societies are rejoining the trajectory of western modernity whose problems they now recapitulate. This alternative view implies that Soviet systems were something other than 'modern', although their nature is not always clearly defined. However, even if post-communist societies do encounter problems of modernity, they do so in new circumstances where modernist notions of social development have become problematic. This article argues that, contrary to those who regard modernization or postmodernization as irresistible trends, core post-communist societies are likely to develop along an alternative path to that of western modernity. This is tentatively described as 'neo-mercantilist'.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2307/591595
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2014 14:18 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38798 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ray, Larry J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1592-3425
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