Social Theory and Later Modernities

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Social Theory and Later Modernities

The Turkish Experience

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 9


February 1st, 2004

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The debate on varieties of modernity is central to current social theory and research, and this book explores the theme in relation to the culture and society of Turkey. The book focuses on the Kemalist project to create a modern Turkish nation-state, analysing its historical background, the role of concepts of ethnicity and nation, and the configurations of state, society and economy in the new Turkish republic. The author then moves on to examine the relations between Islam and modernity, arguing that both must be understood as open to multiple interpretations rather than seen as monolithic and as diametrically opposed. He considers the rise of Islamism in Turkey and looks in particular at the paradoxical role of women activists within the Islamist movement. Ultimately, Kaya argues that Islamism must be understood as a modern movement, albeit a paradoxical one, rather than simply as a return to ‘tradition’.

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Ibrahim Kaya is Professor of Sociology at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Introduction: The Theme of Varieties of Modernity13
1: Modernity as a Field of Tensions27
2: Social Theory and Later Modernities41
3: Ethnicity, Nation and Civilization60
4: State, Society and Economy: Tensions between Liberty and Discipline86
5: Islam and Modernity: Radical Openness to Interpretation119
6: Kemalism and Islamism on the ‘Female Question’135
7: A Theory of Modernity in the Light of the Turkish Experience149