The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering / Edition 1

The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering / Edition 1

by Kevin Hetherington
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415114705

ISBN-13: 9780415114707

Pub. Date: 09/17/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Badlands of Modernity offers a wide ranging and original interpretation of modernity as it emerged during the eighteenth century through an analysis of some of the most important social spaces. Drawing on Foucault's analysis of heterotopia, or spaces of alternate ordering, the book argues that modernity originates through an interplay between ideas of

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The Badlands of Modernity offers a wide ranging and original interpretation of modernity as it emerged during the eighteenth century through an analysis of some of the most important social spaces. Drawing on Foucault's analysis of heterotopia, or spaces of alternate ordering, the book argues that modernity originates through an interplay between ideas of utopia and heterotopia and heterotopic spatial practice.
The Palais Royal during the French Revolution, the masonic lodge and in its relationship to civil society and the public sphere and the early factories of the Industrial Revolution are all seen as heterotopia in which modern social ordering is developed. Rather than seeing modernity as being defined by a social order, the book argues that we need to take account of the processes and the ambiguous spaces in which they emerge, if we are to understand the character of modern societies.
The book uses these historical examples to analyse contemporary questions about modernity and postmodernity, the character of social order and the significance of marginal space in relation to issues of order, transgression and resistance. It will be important reading for sociologists, geographers and social historians as well as anyone who has an interest in modern societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415114707
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/17/1997
Series:
International Library of Sociology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Palais Royal as modernity1
2Margins, orderings and the laboratories of society20
3Two castles: Heterotopia as sites of alternate ordering39
4The utopics of modernity55
5Secret virtues, Euclidean spaces: Freemasonry, Solomon's Temple and the lodge72
6The factory for itself109
7The space of the horizon139
Notes144
Bibliography149
Index159

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