Historical Sociology, Modernity, and Postcolonial Critique

  title={Historical Sociology, Modernity, and Postcolonial Critique},
  author={Gurminder K. Bhambra},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
MODERNITY IS ONE OF THE CENTRAL CONCEPTS of sociology, with sociology itself frequently understood as emerging as a modern form of reflection upon associated historical processes. 1 The sociological understanding of modernity typically rests on ideas of the modern world emerging out of the processes of economic and political revolution located in Europe and underpinned by the cultural changes brought about by the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution. Such an understanding… 

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