The Blackwell Companion to Sociology

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Sociology, like other fields, is undergoing rapid transformation owing to enhanced global interdependencies and changes in the underpinnings of social and economic life. The intensification of the global economy, the rapid development of new communications technology, and the declining robustness of modernity's structures and institiions pose new puzzles for inquiry. As Agnes Heller describes modern social arranements,"nothing here fits perfectly with anything else. There are relatively spearate spheres, many major discrepancies, several discourses, panels, fragments, and nches." Building on this premise, I want to suggest that modern social arrangements exhibit few solidities, as well as little specificity about accountability, organization, structure, and norms. Yet, paradoxically, there is more basis for solidarities as emergent global formations reveal important communalities.

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  • Judith Blau

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