Latin American Studies

Excellence in Scholarship and Learning


Globality and Multiple Modernities

Comparative North American and Latin American Perspectives

Luis Roniger is senior lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Fellow of the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

Carlos H. Waisman is Professor of Socilocy and Chair of the Department of Socilogy at the University of California, San Diego.

This book analyzes the Americas, North and South, in the global and comparative arena, showing how these societies gazed each other and Europe as they followed the road to multiple forms of modernity and globalization. New insights are contributed on the ways in which reflected conceptions of modernity, with utopian overtones, influenced the ways in which politicians and intellectuals viewed their own societies, other societies in the “New World,” and the older nations of Europe.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-902210-45-2
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: April 2002
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Preface by Shmuel N. Eisenstadt and Wolfgang Schluchter

1 Approaching Multiple Modernities in the AmericasLuis Roniger and Carlos H. Waisman

Part I General Perspectives

2 The First Multiple Modernities: Collective Identity, Public Spheres and Political Order in the Americas
Shmuel N. Eisenstadt

3 Latin America as a Mausoleum of Modernities
Laurence Whitehead

4 Fragment of Europe or Historical Innovation? The Emergence of Modernity in the United States after Independence
Jürgen Heideking

5 Global Immersion: Latin America and its Multiple Modernities
Luis Roniger

6 The Multiple Modernities Argument and Societies in the Americas
Carlos H. Waisman

Part II Constitutionalism, Public Spheres and Modernity

7 Constitutional Development in the United States and Argentina
Karen Orren

8 Constitutional Perspectives on Modernity: The Canadian Experience
Roger Gibbins

9 The Generation of Public Spheres in Brazil: The Role of Abolitionism
Leonardo Avritzer

10 The Meaning of Territory: Colonial Standards and Modern Questions in Ecuador
Tamar Herzog

11Globalization and Limited Democracy through the Mirror of History in Chile
Mario Sznajder

Part III Multiple Modernities: Reflexive Trends

12 Modernity and Canadian Civilization: The Ideas of Harold A. Innis
Douglas Francis

13 The Counter-Hegemonic Discourse of Brazilian and Argentinean Intellectuals, 1920–1940
Leonardo Senkman

14 Collective Identities and Citizenship in Quebec
Luis Cardoso de Oliveira

15 Modes of Citizenship in Mexico
Claudio Lomnitz

16 Latin American Migrant Writers: “Nomadic, Decentered, Contrapuntal”
Florinda F. Goldberg

List of Contributors

Well worth reading for its coherence, the quality of chapters that use rich historical detail and the scope of its empirical roots.
Contemporary Sociology

This timely book debunks the myth that ‘modernity’ is identical to ‘Western,’ and that ‘Western’ and ‘European’ are the same thing. A wonderful introduction to the nuances of the civilizing processes in the Americas.
Leon Zamosc, Director of Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

Globality and Multiple Modernities breaks with former reductionist readings of the nature of American – particularly Latin American – modernities. It is an indispensable reading for anyone trying to understand the roots of current-day political challenges.
Isidoro Cheresky, Professor of Contemporary Political Theory, University of Buenos Aires

Books can be ordered by phone or online

Ordering in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Rest of the World

Gazelle Book Services
Direct sales tel.: +44 (0)1524 528500; email:
Web ordering:

Ordering in the United States and Canada
Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
Direct sales tel.: (800) 888-4741
Web ordering:

Bookseller Ordering
Information is provided under the Resources tab.

eBook Ordering
e-Book type availability can be sourced via by book title. Kindle availability is via Amazon .com and sites.