The End of Modernity : what the financial and environmental crisis is really telling us

Sim, Stuart (2010) The End of Modernity : what the financial and environmental crisis is really telling us. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0748640355

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Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 10:14
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:37

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