Modernity’s ‘elusiveness’

Modernity’s ‘elusiveness’

Volker H Schmidt National University of Singapore

In his response to my critical commentary on SN Eisenstadt’s ‘Modernity and modernization’, Edward Tiryakian raises two issues that I wish to briefly address in this reply: first, the question of whether the case of Japan can be used for illustrating the fruitfulness of Eisenstadt’s multiple modernities approach, and second, the need to explicate one’s understanding of the concept of modernity in discussions of modernization and modernity.

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