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Overview

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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Draws on Foucault's analysis of heterotopia (defined as spaces of alternate ordering) to examine contemporary questions about modernity and postmodernity through analysis of important social spaces of the 18th century, looking at the character of social order and the significance of marginal space in relation to issues of order, transgression, and resistance. Settings discussed include the Palais Royal during the French Revolution, the Masonic lodge, and the early factories of the Industrial Revolution. Argues that modernity originates through an interplay between ideas of utopia and heterotopic practice, and stresses the importance of the processes that produce social ordering and the spaces in which they emerge. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415114707
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/17/1997
  • Series: International Library of Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Hetherington is Lecturer in Sociology at Keele University

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Palais Royal as modernity 1
2 Margins, orderings and the laboratories of society 20
3 Two castles: Heterotopia as sites of alternate ordering 39
4 The utopics of modernity 55
5 Secret virtues, Euclidean spaces: Freemasonry, Solomon's Temple and the lodge 72
6 The factory for itself 109
7 The space of the horizon 139
Notes 144
Bibliography 149
Index 159
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