Dados vol. 44 n. 2 Rio de Janeiro 2001

Modernidade, complexidade e articulação mista

Domingues, José Maurício


Debates on the organization of modernity articulated by the state (which succeeded 19th-century liberal modernity and was immersed in a crisis in the 1970s and 80s) failed to reach a conclusion. Rather than resuming post-modernist ideas, this article develops the thesis that we are now in the midst of a third stage of modernity, resulting from that crisis and characterized by more evolutive complexity and mixed articulation. This stage, together with other more contingent and fluid forms of sociability, rests on three principles: market, hierarchy (within corporations and the state), and network. The example of contemporary procedural law is used both as an index of reality and hence to introduce the discussion of those three stages of development in modernity.

Palavras-chave: third stage of modernity; networks; complexity.

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52582001000200001

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