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Modernity and Technocratization

  • Béatrice Hibou
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Abstract

The desire for the state also takes the shape of a widespread demand for modernity. This is the point analyzed in Chap. 4. The attraction of technical progress, of technological advances and material and symbolic expressions of scientific knowledge, is also a vector of domination. While it is widespread, the affinity between the processes of legitimation and the process of modernization is, however, complex. It depends simultaneously on the period, the overall historical context and the national modes of integration into this context, on the trajectories proper to each society, the nature and speed of urban, demographic, educational and economic transformations, and different national and regional temporalities. As a result, the relationship between state and society, the expectations placed in modernization, and the social imaginaires at stake are themselves highly differentiated from one situation to another, shaping the nature of the relationship between modernization, legitimation and the exercise of domination.

Keywords

Political Economy Money Laundering Instrumental Rationality Political Sphere Surveillance Body 
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  • Béatrice Hibou
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  1. 1.CERI-SciencesPoParisFrance

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