Andreas Reckwitz

The Society of Singularities - On the Transformation of Modernity

Andreas Reckwitz
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Andreas Reckwitz is professor of cultural sociology at the University of Konstanz.

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The Explosion of the Particular


The particular is the clincher and the unique is prized while the general and the standardised remain, on the contrary, rather unattractive. The average person with his or her average life is suspicious. The new measure of all things is the authentic subject with original interests and a carefully crafted biography, as well as unmistakable goods and events, communities and cities. Late modernity celebrates the singular.

Beginning with this diagnosis, Andreas Reckwitz examines the process of singularization and how it is playing out at the beginning of the 21st century in economics, the world of work, network culture, lifestyles, and politics. Through a theory of modernity he shows how closely this process is intertwined with the culturalization of the social sphere, the contradictory dynamics it exhibits, and what constitutes its flip side. The society of the singular does not simply recognise glowing victors. It produces its very own injustices, paradoxes, and losers. A groundbreaking book.


»Late modern society has become the place of the culturally singular and infrastructure of the particular.«

Other publications

Die Erfindung der Kreativität/The Invention of Creativity (2012)

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