FACULTY OF ECONOMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCESPOLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION


ADM 3136 - FORMS OF MODERNITY

ADM 3136 - FORMS OF MODERNITY

 

Instructor: Kürşad Ertuğrul

 

 

Course Description

 

 This course aims to introduce and discuss changing conceptions of modernity in social and political theory from the mid-19th / early 20th to the early 21st century. The mediating dynamic of change between the conceptions of “early” and “late” modernity is described through changes in the political-economic organization of capitalism. This can be summed up as the transformation of nationally organized capitalism towards a disorganized, global capitalism. In the “new” sociology of the late-modern societies it is argued that contemporary societies take new forms and undergo new experiences as they are exposed to global uncertainties and complexity arising from the decomposition of “organized capitalism.” This course is designed with the expectation that the students will have a comprehensive understanding of changing forms of modernity from its inception to its novel forms in contemporary times.

 

Course Requirements

 

There will be a mid-term (30 points) and a final exam (40 points). Students are also expected to prepare a take-home essay which they will present in the class towards the end of the semester. For take-home essay, they will be asked to interpret a case from contemporary Turkey on the basis of a perspective to be selected from the course outline. (30 points)  

 

Course Outline

 

Introduction:

 

Week I:

 

Kant, I. “What is Enlightenment?”

 

Part I: Three basic perspectives in social sciences on modernity (3 weeks);

 

Week II: Bourgeois form of modernity

 

Engels, F. and Marx, K. (2006), “The Communist Manifesto,” in Marx, Later Political Writings, ed. T. Carver, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Week III: Modernity as “organic division of labor”

 

Coser, L. (1997), “Introduction,” in The Division of Labor in Society, New York: Free Press.

Durkheim, E. (1997), The Division of Labor in Society, New York: Free Press, pp.291-341.

Week IV: Territoriality and rationality of modernity

 

Weber, M. (1993), “Politics as Vocation” in From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, London: Routledge, pp.77-128.

 

Part II: From embedded to unfettered capitalism (3 weeks);

 

Week V: “Organized” and “disorganised” capitalism

 

Lash, S. and Urry, J. (1988), The End of Organised Capitalism, Cambridge: Polity, pp.1-16.

 

Week VI: Post-industrialism and post-fordism

 

Allen, J. (1992), “Post-Industrialism and Post-Fordism” in Modernity and its Futures, eds. S. Hall, D. Held, T. McGrew, Cambridge: Polity, pp.169-220.

 

Week VII: Towards “denationalized state agendas and privatized norm-making”

 

Sassen, S.  (2006) Territory, Authority and Rights, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp.222-271.

 

Part III: A “New” Sociology for the “Late-Modern” Society (3 weeks)

 

Week VIII:  “Solid modernity” vs. “Liquid modernity”

 

Baumann, Z. (2000), Liquid Modernity, Cambridge: Polity, pp.1-52.

 

Week IX: Complex/Quantum modernity

 

Urry, J. (2005), “The Complexity Turn,” Theory, Culture and Society, 22:5, pp.1-14.

 

Week X: Liminal modernity

 

Thomson, G. (2010), The New Political Sociology, London: Palgrave, pp.1-33.

 

Part IV: “New assemblages” in late-modernity

 

Week XI: “Mixed spatial and temporal orders”

Sassen, S. (2006), Territory, Authority, Rights, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 378-398.

 

Part V: Student presentations of take-home essays on interpretations of cases from Turkey. (3 weeks)