Author(s): Yakov Rabkin, Mikhail Minakov
Medical medical doctors using taxis, architects promoting beer on side road corners, clinical institutes closed down amid rusting carcasses of commercial crops those photographs changed into not unusual on the flip of the twenty-first century in lots of as soon as trendy "civilized" nations. In slightly a couple of of them, longtime neighbors got here to kill each and every different, it appears motivated through the newly found out variations of faith, language, or foundation. Civil nationalism gave strategy to tribal, ethnic, and confessional warfare. Rational arguments of a geopolitical nature had been changed through claims of self-righteousness and ethical superiority. These snapshots don’t seem to be random. They are manifestations of a phenomenon known as demodernization that may be noticed from the banks of the Neva to the banks of the Euphrates, from the deserts of Central Asia to the English nation-state and all of the strategy to the town of Detroit. Demodernization is a rising pattern these days, but it surely additionally has a historical past. Seventeen students, together with historians, philosophers, sociologists, and archaeologists, be offering their perspectives of demodernization. The guide is split into 3 portions devoted to conceptual debates in addition to ancient and recent circumstances. It guide supplies a wealth of empirical fabrics and conceptual insights that offer a multifaceted solution to demodernization.