Modernity's failure/post-modernity's predicament: The case of russia

Critical Horizons 4 (1):99-145 (2003)
Abstract
This paper explores the failure of modernisation theory and its more recent offspring as represented by 'transition to democracy' and 'construction of capitalism' theories to explain the post-communist development of Russia. Some post-modern theories, though, reinterpreted to emphasise the disintegration and fragmentation of the 'hard core' of social structures rather than the 'post-philosophical' mode of thinking and 'aestheticised' styles of consumption, are looked at for a more fruitful conceptual alternative. In the conclusion, the idea of 'multiple fragile modernities' is argued for as the most promising starting point for the conceptualisation of post-communism as well as its correlation with global 'late capitalism'.
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