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By Peter J. Taylor

Taylor develops a geohistorical argument which specializes in the classes and locations of modernities, supplying a grounded research of what it truly is to be sleek. He identifies 3 'prime modernities' that have outlined the improvement of our smooth global: brand new patron modernity preceded by means of the economic modernity of the 19th century which used to be itself preceded through mercantile modernity.

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3). He argues that large cumulative effects can result from small measures with little or no political conflict. He gives the example of increasing participation of women in the workforce which 'leads to an upheaval snail's pace of the conventional occupational, political and private order of things' (p. 3). Such change is not the result of great debates in parliament or revolutionary actions; rather, it becomes widely accepted as a familiar and desirable feature of contemporary society which, nevertheless, conceals a 'society-changing scope' (p.

The USA has been the major creator of this new consumer modernity as suburbia and its ubiquitous shopping mall have become the focal modern place. This modernity is defined by a uniquely close relation between mass production and mass consumption. New production practices based upon 'scientific management' (Taylorism) and the birth of modern advertising in the decades before World War I set the basis for this new modernity. As more and more is produced, the focus moves clearly on to consumption in order to realize the capital.

The changes that occurred between British and American hegemony about a century ago are not usually given the accolade of the title of revolution but the fundamental shift is well documented. The same combination of economic and political successes combined with cultural consternation is to be found. One reason for the lack of recognition as a social transition seems to be that the changes have been viewed separately in their different spheres and are not seen as a single package of processes in the manner in which the industrial revolution is viewed.

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