Taylor develops a geohistorical argument which focuses on the periods and places of modernities, offering a grounded analysis of what it is to be modern. He identifies three 'prime modernities' which have defined the development of our modern world: today's consumer modernity preceded by the industrial modernity of the nineteenth century which was itself preceded by mercantile modernity.
Peter Taylor is Professor of Geography at Loughborough University.
Preface. Prologue: Being Geohistorical. Who's Modern?. 1. Modern, --ity, --ism, --ization:. Ambiguous to the core. Social theory with smoke in its eyes. 2. Prime Modernities:. Multiple moderns versus multiple modernities. Consensus and coercion in the projection of hegemonic power. 3. Ordinary Modernity: . Cultural celebrations of the ordinariness. Feeling comfortable: the modern home. Suburbia: the domestic landscape of consumer modernity. Not modernism. 4. Modern States: . Inter-stateness. Absolutism as a political way of life. Going Dutch. The changing nature of territoriality. 5. Political Movements: . Parties and movements. Movements and modernities. Socialism against the modernity that Britain built. Environmentalism against the modernity that America built. r 6. Geographical Tensions:. Where and what?. Place-space tensions. Nation-state as enabling place and dis-enabling space. Home-household as enabling place and dis-enabling space. 7. Americanization:. Incipient, capacious and resonant Americanizations. Inside America: conditions for constructing a modernity. Outside America: seeing the most modern of the modern. Americanization and globalization. Epilogue. Presents and Ends. System logic: the extraordinary effect of ordinary modernity. Political practice: the post-traditional challenge. References. Index.