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Identities and Modernizations

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Edited By Tadeusz Buksinski

This book presents insights and understandings on the issue of identities and modernizations, contributed mainly by theoreticians from China and scholars from Central and Eastern European countries. Both regions have followed a similar path towards modernization until the second half of the twentieth century. The past experience in both regions leads to two crucial, yet paradoxical conclusions: Firstly, no modernization of economy, technology or science is possible without a prior modernization of the collective identity, i.e. of culture, tradition, religion and spirituality in general. Secondly, effective and long-term modernization cannot be achieved with disregard for tradition, culture, religion and spirituality. The theory of dispersed modernity is promoted.

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Anna ANTONOWICZ, Dr in the Department of English Philology of Catholic University in Lublin. Research interests: British cultural studies, style and question of identity and representation, faces of modernity. Selected publi- cations: “Ethnographic Exhibitions and the Politics of Difference – British Imperial Museums in Colonial and Postcolonial Britain”, Literary and Cul- tural Theory 2008, vol. 28; “Orientalism Revisited: Indian Decorative Art in the British Mid-Victorian Cultural Policy”, in: G. Bystydzienska, E. Harris (eds), From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th cen- tury British Literature and Culture, 2009. Iwona BARWICKA-TYLEK (PhD), Assistant Professor in the Department of Political and Legal Doctrines at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. Her main interests are the history of political thought and the methodology of the human sciences. Currently she is working on a book dedicated to the influence of ancient political concepts upon the Polish tradition of political thinking. She is the author of Portrety wolności. Studium z historii idei i postmodernizmu “stosowanego” [Portraits of Liberty. A Study in history of ideas and “applied” postmodernism] and the co-author (with Jacek Malczewski) of Historia myśli ustrojowej i spo- łecznej [History of Political and Social Thought]. She is also a member of the editorial staff working on the voluminous Słownik Historii Doktryn Politycznych [Dictionary of the History of Political Doctrines] – 5 volumes have been already published, and the last 6th volume is being prepared. Tadeusz BUKSIŃSKI, Professor, Chair of Social and Political Philosophy...

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