For over two hundred years, the notion of modernity has dominated Western social In Critique of Modernity, Alain Touraine, one of our leading social thinkers. History and Critique: A Response to Habermas’s Misreading of as Mowad – – Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of. “The triumph of rationalist modernity,” writes Touraine in this important and is writing a critique both of the concept of modernity (and so provides us with.

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Born in Hermanville France in l, son of Albert Touraine and Odette Cleret, husband of Adriana Arenas marriage indeceased in ; 2 children: Marisol lPhilippe l He began his academic career as history lecturer in l, to become first assistant and then researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, where he remained until l In l, he founded and was the first director role that moderniry covered until l of Cadis Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques.

Alain Touraine has taken part in several Committees and Commissions such as The Commission for Vritique Reform lthe Commission of Counselors of the Minister for Research and Higher Studies, the Houraine of studies on “Nationality” lthe Committee on ethics in Parisian hospitals land the Minc Commission on the challenges of the year Alain Touraine is a frequent speaker at conferences and participates in various symposia and political and intellectual discussions both in France and abroad.


He is the author of numerous books and essays translated into several languages.

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His latest books, translated into English are: Critique of Modernity l, BlackwellWhat is democracy? His last book, written with Farhad Khosrokhavar, La recherche de soi. Dialogue sur le Sujet, was published by Fayard in The first one is devoted to the sociology of work, and more precisely to the sociology of labour consciousness. This is crittique this period that he wrote, in Latin America, his first studies on Chilean coal miners and iron and steel workers, as well as his book on Post-Industrial Society.

This was the time when he conceived his sociology, as he explained in Sociology of Action and, ten years later, in Self-Production of Society. The May 68 events as well as the military coups in Latin America led him to target his interests on the study of social movements. With a group of friends, he worked out a method for a sociological intervention which they applied to various studies, related in books from The Voice and the Eye, in l, to The Labour Movement, in l During this second period, he concentrated his interests on the study of Latin America, and more generally on the problems of development.

He spent l in Poland studying Solidarnosc and wrote, in Latin America, a book which was first published in Chile, then adapted, written again and published in France under the title: La parole et le sang voice and blood. WestviewCan we live together? Equal and different Polity Press and Beyond Neo-liberalism?


Polity Kf illustrate his main idea of a Self considered as the central principle of crutique for social movements See, too: Penser le sujet Thinking the SelfF. His last book, not yet translated into English is: Un nouveau paradigme pour comprendre le monde d’aujourd’hui Fayard, His whole work constitutes a sociology of action, set out in a practical way during the first period, in a broader historical way during the second one, and more philosophically during the third one.

Throughout his life he has tried to link together different types of studies: Keenly interested in all aspects of societies, he has written a book on North American universities and the US student movement The Academic System in American Society, Transaction Publishersfollowed the evolution of French-speaking Canada, carried on a big study on post-communist Eastern countries and devoted large part of his time to the study and understanding of Latin American countries.

He is the author of many books, among which: His last book, touralne yet translated into English, is: Un nouveau paradigme pour comprendre le gouraine d’aujourd’hui, Fayard