Journal section "Social development"

Modernization as social becoming (ten theses on modernization)

Sztompka P.

6 (30), 2013

Sztompka P. Modernization as social becoming (ten theses on modernization). Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2013, no. 6 (30), pp. 105-111. URL:

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The paper presents thesis characteristic of modernization in keeping with the key ideas of the social establishment theory. Modernization is a specific way of social establishment that provides the population with wide-open access to the expanding capabilities of human potential implementation. The important task for the pro-modernization authorities is creating the structural and institutional grounds on which people can implement their human potential completely. The era of globalization incorporates numerous types of modernization. Mutual adaptation of that types as well as preservation of local traditions and conditions within the frames of transformation is of crucial importance for the era of globalization and modernization. The composition of innovations with social memory and traditions is the optimal course of modernization. It is important to understand that, besides creation of the new, modernization involves destruction of the old. That is why the ambivalent balance is significant


social establishment theory; social; cultural; human potential; modernization; Human potential

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