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Planetary ModernismsProvocations on Modernity Across Time$
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Susan Stanford Friedman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170901

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170901.001.0001

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Figures of Modernity

Figures of Modernity

Relational Keywords

(p.143) Four Figures of Modernity
Planetary Modernisms

Susan Stanford Friedman

Columbia University Press

The chapter takes a keyword approach using figures of modernity to supplement the narrative approach of Chapter 3 to rethinking modernity. It argues against terms like alternate, other, minor, and marginal and argues for terms like multiple, plural, and recurrent. It proposes clusters of relational keywords to characterize planetary modernities across time: rupture, conjuncture, vortex; sped, acceleration, velocity; network, system; circulation, route, contact; utopia, dystopia, heterotopia. Examples taken from world history in the longue durée and from the arts accompany each keyword.

Keywords:   Keywords, Figures, Modernity, speed, Network, System, Rupture, Utopia, Dystopia heterotypia

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