By R. Schroeder
An Age of Limits outlines a brand new social concept for figuring out modern society. delivering an research of why political, financial and cultural powers face constraints around the international North and past, this daring booklet argues that forces which deal with present demanding situations needs to confront the bounds of the interaction among dominant institutions.
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And it is possible to go beyond both in specifying how limits confront both interpretations. In the concluding chapter, it will thus be necessary spell out the shifting balance between conflict or cohesion in contemporary social change – within and between the three orders – and how this relates to social and political norms or ideals. In the concluding chapter it will also be necessary to further support the claim that the defining feature of an Age of Limits is the tension between the three orders and their dominant institutions – a key reason to use this label.
This is because militarism after the Cold War, and among developed societies, arguably only matters for the US: the hegemony of the US (some would even say ‘empire’), even if it is supported by world-historically unparalleled military strength, is also undergoing decline and the international order is moving towards a multipolar or tripolar North. So while American and Northern militarism affects the globe outside of the North, there is no other effect on social change within the North (except in the event of a nuclear war, an eventuality which will not be addressed here, even if it potentially outweighs all else).
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.
An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century by R. Schroeder