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Module Reading List

Formations of Modernity, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Lecture 2 (for tutorial 1): From Tamerlane to Columbus

Core Reading

Diamond, J Guns, Germs and Steel, Prologue: Yali' Question pp 13-33.

Darwin, J ‘Eurasian Orientations’pp.1-27. in After Tamerlane : the global history of empire since 1405 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) ISBN: 0713996676 (hbk.) : £25.00; 9780713996678 (hbk.) : £25.00

Mann, M, The Sources of Social Power vol. 1, Introduction

Weber, M, Preface and Introduction to the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Hall, S., ‘The West and the rest: discourse and power’, in Hall and, S. and B. Gieben (eds), Formations of modernity ISBN: 0745609600 (pbk); 0745609597, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 

Lecture 3 (for tutorial 1): Colonialism as Modernity: European World-Making.

Core Reading

 Blaut, J.M  The colonizer's model of the world : geographical diffusionism and Eurocentric history ISBN: 0898623499; 0898623480 (pbk), chapter 2, 3, 4 and 12 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 

J. Goldstone, “The rise of the west-or not? A revision to socio-economic history.”Sociological theory. ISSN: 0735-2751 18 (2):175-194 (2000)

CONRAD, Sebastian (2008) German colonialism : a short history , Cambridge: Cambridge UP

LANGBEHN, Volker and SALAMA, Mohammad, eds. (2011) German Colonialism, New York: Columbia University.


Lecture 4 (for tutorial 2): ‘Nation’, Modernity, Imagination

Core reading

  1. ONLINE RESOURCE ‘The Nation: real or imagined?’, THE WARWICK DEBATES ON NATIONALISM, from Nations and nationalism. ISSN: 1354-5078 2 (3), 1996, 357-370. Anthony Smith Lecture and Ernst Gellner’s Response can be found at
  1. Anderson, B. (1991) ‘Introduction’, in Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, revised edition. London and New York: Verso, 1-7.
  1. Smith, A. (1998) ‘Invention and imagination’ (Ch. 6), in Nationalism and Modernism: A Critical Survey of Recent Theories of Nations and Nationalism, London: Routledge, 117-42.
  1. Breuilly, J. (2006) ‘Introduction’ (by J. Breuilly), in E. Gellner, Nations and Nationalism. Second edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, xxi-xxxiii.

Lecture 5 (for tutorial 2) - Nation, Nationalism and Postcolonialism

Core reading

  1. Chatterjee, P. (1986) ‘The Thematic and the Problematic’ (Ch. 2), in Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 36-53.
  1. Chatterjee, P. (1993) ‘Whose Imagined Community?’ (Ch. 1), in The nation and its fragments : colonial and postcolonial histories ISBN: 0691019436 (pbk. : alk. paper) : 14.95; 0691033056 (cloth : alk. paper). Princeton, NJ: University of Princeton Press, 3-13. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 
  1. Brubaker, R. (2011) ‘Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Modernity’ in The Selected Works of Rogers Brubaker, University of California, LA, 1-15. Open Access file that can be downloaded from
  1. James, P. (2006) ‘Theorizing Nation Formation in the Context of Imperialism and Globalism’, in G. Delanty and K. Kumar, The SAGE Handbook of Nations and Nationalism. London: Sage, 367-381.


Lecture 6 (for tutorial 3): Tourism and Modernity, 1: Early Formations of Mobility

Core reading

  1. Urry, J. and J. Larsen (2011) The Tourist Gaze 3.0. London: Routledge. Ch. 1 (1-30).
  1. Hannam, K. and D. Knox (2010) Understanding tourism : a critical introduction ISBN: 9781412922784 (pbk.); 9781412922777 (hbk.); 1412922771 (hbk.); 141292278X (pbk.), London: Sage. Ch. 1(1-19). OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 
  1. Franklin, A. (2003) Tourism: An Introduction. London: Sage, Part I, Ch. 2 (21-38).
  1. Dong PeiHai and Li, W. (2013) ‘Tourism, modernity and nostalgia: theoretical exploration of sociology of tourism’, Tourism Tribune, 28 (4) 111-120. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 19/12/2018) 

Lecture 7 (for tutorial 3): Tourism and Modernity, 2: Development and Cultural Fertilisation

Core reading

  1. Hollinshead, K., Ateljevic, I. and Ali, N. (2009) ‘Worldmaking agency-worldmaking authority: the sovereign constitutive role of tourism’, Tourism geographies ISSN: 1461-6688, 11 (4): 427-43.
  1. Cohen E. & Scott A. Cohen (2014) ‘Beyond Eurocentrism in tourism: a paradigm shift to mobilities’, Tourism recreation research ISSN: 0250-8281, 40 (2), 157-168.
  1. Mowforth, M., & Munt, I. (2008). Tourism and sustainability : development, globalisation and new tourism in the third world ISBN: 9780415414029 (hbk); 9780415414036 (pbk) (3rd ed.). London: Routledge, Ch. 10, 293-333. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 
  1. Britton, S. G. (1989) ‘Tourism, dependency and development: a model of analysis’ in Y. Apostolopoulos, S. Leivadi and A. Yannakis (eds), The Sociology of tourism : theoretical and empirical investigation Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva ISBN: 0415271657; 0415135087; 9780415271653; 9780415135085

 London: Routledge, pp. 155–72.


Lecture 8 (for tutorial 4): Media and Modernity

Core reading

  1. Thompson JB (2013) The media and modernity : a social theory of the media ISBN: 0745610056 (pbk ; cased) : No price; 0745610048. Cambridge: Polity, Ch. 5. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 
  1. Garnham, N. (2000) Emancipation, the Media, and Modernity: Arguments about the Media and Social Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, ch 1, 1-14.
  1. Hesmondhalgh, D. (2012) Cultural Industries, London: Sage, Ch. 1, 37-64. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 01/03/2019) 
  1. Horkheimer, M. and Adorno, T. (2002) Dialectic of enlightenment [electronic resource] : philosophical fragments ISBN: 9781784786809. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 94-136.

Lecture 9 (for tutorial 4): Cosmopolitanism and Modernity

Core reading

Bhambra, G. (2018) ‘Cosmopolitanism and Postcolonial Critique’, in M. Rovisco and M. Nowicka (eds.) The Ashgate research companion to cosmopolitanism ISBN: 9780754677994 (hbk.) :; 0754677990 (hbk.) :; 9780754695561 (ebk.). London: Routledge, pp. 313-328.

Beck, U. (2004) ‘Cosmopolitical realism: on the distinction between cosmopolitanism in philosophy and the social sciences’ Global networks. ISSN: 1470-2266 4 (2): 131–156.

Baban, F. (2006) ‘Living with difference: cosmopolitanism, modernity, and political community’, Studies in political economy. ISSN: 0707-8552; 1918-7033, 77(1): 105-126.


Lecture 10 (for tutorial 5): Risk and Modernity

Core Reading:

Beck, U. (1992) Risk Society, London: Sage (chapter 1) – attached Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Giddens, A. (1999) ‘Risk’ accessed on 6 December 2018, at

Lupton, D. & Tullock, J. (2002) ‘‘Risk is Part of Your Life’: Risk Epistemologies among a Group of Australians’ in Sociology. ISSN: 0038-0385, Vol: 36 (2), 317-334. This article is available online:

Lecture 11 (for tutorial 5): Modernity and Mass Violence

Core reading:

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (General Assembly Resolution 260 III). 9th December, 1948. Available online at

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Available online at

Bauman, Zygmunt. 1995. Chapter 7.3: ‘A Century of Camps?’ In Life in fragments : essays in postmodern morality ISBN: 0631192670 (pbk ; alk. paper); 0631192662. Oxford: Blackwell, 192-206. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Lecture 12 (for tutorial 6): Modernity and Urban Theory

Core reading

Berman, M (2010) All that is Solid Melts into Air. London: Verso INTRODUCTION

Savage, M (1993) Chapter 5: Perspectives on Urban Culture. FROM: Savage, M (1983) Urban Sociology, Capitalism and Modernity. Basingstoke: Macmilla Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Dibazar, P et al (2013) ‘Questioning urban modernity’. European Journal of Cultural Studies ISSN: 1367-5494, 16 (6): 643-658

Lecture 13 (for tutorial 6) Housing and Urban (Dis)Organisation

Core reading

Aalbers, M (2017) ‘The variegated financialisation of housing’, International journal of urban and regional research = Revue internationale de recherche urbaine et régionale, 41 (4): 542-554

Rolnik, R (2013) ‘Late Neoliberalism: The Financialization of Homeownership and Housing Rights’, International journal of urban and regional research = Revue internationale de recherche urbaine et régionale. ISSN: 0309-1317; 1468-2427, 37: 1058–1066.

Marcuse, P (2009) ‘From critical urban theory to the right to the city’, City : analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. ISSN: 1360-4813, 13 (2-3): 185-197



Lecture 14 (for tutorial 7) A Neo-Liberal Revolution?

Lecture 15 (for tutorial 7) Post-Industrial Revolution

Lecture 16 (for tutorial 7) Fordism and Post-Fordism

Lecture 17 (for tutorial 7) Disorganized Capitalism and Cognitive Capitalism

Core readings

Allen, J. (1992) 'Fordism and modern industry,' Extract from J. Allen, P. Braham & P. Lews (eds.) Political and Economic Forms of Modernity, Cambridge: Polity Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Kumar, K. (1995) 'Fordism and Post-Fordism' From K. Kumar From post-industrial to postmodern society, Oxford: Blackwell.

Hall, S. (2011) ‘The Neo-liberal Revolution’, Cultural Studies, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 705-28. Available electronically via the University library website.

Bell, D. (1974) The Coming of Post-industrial Society, London: Heinemann Educational, Chap 1 Introduction. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Lash, S. and Urry, J. (1987) The End of Organized Capitalism, Cambridge: Polity. Chap 1 Introduction.

Boutang, Y.M. (2011) Cognitive Capitalism, Cambridge, Polity, chap. 3. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 



 Lecture 18 (for tutorial 8) Protest 1: Pre-modern and modern social movements

 Core reading:

Tarrow, S. Power in Movement, chap. 2.

            Thompson, E.P. Customs in Common, chaps IV, ‘The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

            Tilly, C. Popular Contention in Great Britain, chap. 1 ‘From Mutiny to Mass Mobilization’ . Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

            Traugott, M. (ed) Repertoires and Cycles of Collective Action, chap. by Tilly, ‘Contentious Repertoires in Great Britain, 1758-1834’ Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

            Rude, G. The Crowd in History, chap. 10 ‘“Captain Swing” and “Rebecca’s Daughters”’ and chap. 12 ‘Chartism’. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Lecture 19 (for tutorial 8) Protest 2: Contemporary Social Movements 

Core reading

Scott, A. (1990) 'New Social Movements - major themes,' Extract from Ideology and New Social Movements, Chap 1. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 W L Bennett and A Segerberg (2012) ‘The Logic of Connective Action: digital media and the personalisation of contentious politics’, Information, Communication and Society, vol 15, no 5: 739-68.

Comunello, F. and Anzera, G. (2012) ‘Will the Revolution be Tweeted? A Conceptual Framework for Understanding the Social Media and the Arab Spring’. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 23 (4), 453-470. Available online 



This list was last updated on 30/01/2020