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TitleThe Search for Fundamentals [electronic resource] : The Process of Modernisation and the Quest for Meaning / edited by Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen, Jan Berting, Frank Lechner
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1995
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Descript II, 294 p. online resource


Modernity dissolves absolute certainties; late modernity dissolves them absolutely. In the modern world system there appears to be no firm, unchallenged ground on which to construct a meaningful canopy. But around the world, many individuals and groups long for a kind of cultural coherence that they believe once existed. They search for fundamentals. While these may be sought in religious traditions, many also aspire to new secular certainties. In their various new forms and contexts the contemporary quests for meaning in turn transform the societies in which they occur. The rich comparative examples in The Search for Fundamentals are used to analyze the sources and consequences of several cultural movements. The book also offers theoretical reflections on the difficulties they experience and on the message they carry for students of modernity. Audience: A broad readership of scholars and advanced students in the social sciences and humanities


Theories of Modernisation and the Search for Fundamentals -- The Search for Fundamentals and Islamic Fundamentalism -- Modernisation and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Muslim Brotherhood and its Ramifications -- Survival Strategies of Conservative Protestants in Dutch Society -- World Views in Support of Traditional Christian Religion -- Fundamentalism: Origins and Influence -- Fundamentals and Civil Religiosity -- Equality and Diversity. Radical Feminism and the Quest for Fundamentals -- The New Age: Values and Modern Times -- The Caribbean Counter-Plantation. Rural Formation Heritage and the Contemporary Search for Fundamentals -- Preventing or Criticising the Process of Modernisation? The Case of Brasil -- Modernisation, Human Rights and the Search for Fundamentals -- Postmodernism and the Quest for Meaning -- The Search for Fundamentals in Global Perspective -- Modernisation Theories Revisited. Conclusions -- Name Index -- List of Authors

Religion Political science Social sciences Anthropology Sociology Religious Studies Religious Studies general Anthropology Sociology general Political Science Social Sciences general


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