By R. Schroeder

ISBN-10: 0230360610

ISBN-13: 9780230360617

ISBN-10: 1137314621

ISBN-13: 9781137314628

ISBN-10: 1942022042

ISBN-13: 9781942022046

An Age of Limits outlines a brand new social idea for knowing modern society. delivering an research of why political, fiscal and cultural powers face constraints around the international North and past, this daring e-book argues that forces which handle present demanding situations needs to confront the bounds of the interaction among dominant institutions.

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As we shall see in Chapter 3, 36 An Age of Limits there is evidence for both, but it remains to be seen whether and how this struggle will continue or resume. Irrespective of these two interpretations, however, the forces which drove them are – again – exhausted. Of course, this exhaustion does not imply an end to political struggle or social development, an ‘end of history’. The process of political redistribution of authority does not have to centre exclusively around the redistribution of social rights (or, in the past, over stratified economic resources): perhaps civil society groups and social movements will also pursue other goals.

But to understand these limits and how they interrelate, we must first chart how each of the orders and their dominant institutions have 44 An Age of Limits developed separately, and how they have shaped and been shaped by their environments. Before we move on, however, one question with which this chapter began must be resolved: which factor determined the transition to modernity – as there were three institutions which made a break with pre-modern society? 2).

Thus while a coupling can be stronger and weaker, it is subject to limits. And while this summary must simplify, what counts, again, is how these processes and limits are detailed and how they fit the substance of, in this case, the changes in social structures of the Age of Limits. Further, as we shall see in the conclusion, the orthogonality of social orders also applies to their temporal horizons and spatial boundedness, reinforcing but also providing openings for different relationships between them (to be discussed shortly).

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