Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11609-010-0124-x
Title: East Asian modernity - A "Distinct" modernity?
Authors: Schmidt, V.H. 
Keywords: Convergence and divergence
Multiple modernities
Relevance of differences
Varieties of modernity
Western and East Asian modernity
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Source: Schmidt, V.H. (2010-06). East Asian modernity - A "Distinct" modernity?. Berliner Journal fur Soziologie 20 (2) : 123-152. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11609-010-0124-x
Abstract: The article casts doubt on the claim of Eisenstadt and other culturalists that East Asia constitutes a distinct modernity, one that differs fundamentally from Western modernity. Following a brief reconstruction of key modernization theoretical premises against which this claim is directed, it compares the five largest Western countries with the currently most advanced exemplars of East Asian modernity. The findings show that the two regions are remarkably similar in virtually all respects that matter from a modernization theoretical viewpoint. The article then goes on to assess the relevance of the evidence held against modernization theory by Eisenstadt and his followers. As it turns out, this evidence presents no challenge to modernization theory. © VS-Verlag 2010.
Source Title: Berliner Journal fur Soziologie
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52485
ISSN: 08631808
DOI: 10.1007/s11609-010-0124-x
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