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soc._theory_intro--modernity 2008

soc._theory_intro--modernity 2008 - Modernity’s promises...

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Unformatted text preview: Modernity’s promises and nightmares “modernity:” about 1700’s till maybe twenty years ago The last hour of “modernity?” • Was it March 16, 1972, at 2:49 PM, the moment when demolition began, of a much- celebrated public housing project in St. Louis, Pruitt- Igoe? • One happy promise of modernity 1. Technology would set us FREE, giving us time for leisure and liberating us from drudgery QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. A possible nightmare of technology • The rich could grow richer and the poor become appendages to machines A second happy promise 2. ORDER and REASON Rational human planning could replace traditional habits, and complement natural or God-given order Modern-----------> (a city design by planner named Le Corbusier) QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. The nightmare of orderly, rational planning • So-called rational planning would create meaningless and...
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