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Dr. Sambit Mallick
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The objective of the course is to enable students to understand modernity as a socio-cultural product in specific socio-historical contexts. The course exposes students to theoretical perspectives to look at modernity and its constituents as a practice deeply embedded in culture and society. It familiarises students with encountering problems in their everyday life from more rationalist perspectives. It attempts to critically engage with and interrogate the multiple views on modernity.

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Topics

1.

Introduction: Modernity as a project of Enlightenment

2.

Modernist paradigm in sociology: modern science, industrialisation and development

3,4,5

Sociological modernism: Marx, Weber and Simmel

6,7

Structuralist interpretation: Levi-Strauss and Althusser

8,9

Western Marxism: Lukacs, Gramsci and Touraine

10.

Synthesising modernity: Wallerstein, Giddens and Habermas

11.


Deconstructing modernity, modernity in non-modern contexts, the idea of alternative or multiple modernities

12.

Reflexivity: dialectic of engaging with and interrogating modernity

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