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By R. Schroeder

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An Age of Limits outlines a brand new social thought for figuring out modern society. offering an research of why political, fiscal and cultural powers face constraints around the international North and past, this daring booklet argues that forces which handle present demanding situations needs to confront the bounds of the interaction among dominant institutions.

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These contemporary theorists are quite different: Gellner was a neo-evolutionist and structural functionalist, Mann has a theory of networks of power, Turner combines evolutionism and functionalism, Luhmann is a systems theorist, and Collins is a conflict theorist. What they have in common, however, is that they are committed to the idea that macro-sociological theory should be empirical and testable. These tables can therefore be seen as my attempt to establish the shared ground between them, as well as to improve upon them.

Mann and Gellner agree, though it is difficult to find other social thinkers who address this issue apart from those that argue for the primacy of one particular type of power (economic reductionism, political economy, cultural construction) over the others. It is also possible, however, apart from the differentiation of three orders From the Birth of the Modern World to the Age of Limits 43 in the modern world, to consider de-differentiation: the main modern instance is the de-differentiation of state and economy during the world wars, or the trumping of both by militarism.

3), but such simplification is needed to be able to account for processes that can, in fact, take a variety of forms in terms of the ‘couplings’ (to borrow Luhmannian language again) between the orders that they attempt. Put the other way around, if the orders interrelate, the dominant institution and its environment remains intact, but the means are transformed. Thus while a coupling can be stronger and weaker, it is subject to limits. And while this summary must simplify, what counts, again, is how these processes and limits are detailed and how they fit the substance of, in this case, the changes in social structures of the Age of Limits.

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