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The Badlands of Modernity : Heterotopia and Social Ordering - Kevin Hetherington

The Badlands of Modernity

Heterotopia and Social Ordering

Hardcover Published: 21st August 1997
ISBN: 9780415114691
Number Of Pages: 176

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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.

Prefacep. vii
The Palais Royal as Modernityp. 1
Margins, Orderings and the Laboratories of Societyp. 20
Two Castlesp. 39
The Utopics of Modernityp. 55
Secret Virtues, Euclidean Spacesp. 72
The Factory for Itselfp. 109
The Space of the Horizonp. 139
Notesp. 144
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780415114691
ISBN-10: 0415114691
Series: International Library of Sociology (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 21st August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1