The Search for Fundamentals

The Process of Modernisation and the Quest for Meaning

  • Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen
  • Jan Berting
  • Frank Lechner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Modernisation and the Search for Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-13
    2. Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen
      Pages 15-22
  3. Religion and the Search for Fundamentals

  4. Secular Values and the Search for Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-115
    2. Meerten ter Borg
      Pages 117-130
    3. Paul Heelas
      Pages 143-170
  5. Modernisation, Colonialism and the Search for Fundamentals

  6. Modernity and the Search for Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-200
    2. Mike Featherstone
      Pages 217-235
  7. Modernisation Theories Revisited

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Roland Robertson
      Pages 239-262
    3. Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen
      Pages 263-271
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-293

About this book


Modernity dissolves absolute certainties; late modernity dissolves them absolutely. In the modern world system there appears to be no firm, unchallenged ground on which to construct a meaningful canopy. But around the world, many individuals and groups long for a kind of cultural coherence that they believe once existed. They search for fundamentals. While these may be sought in religious traditions, many also aspire to new secular certainties. In their various new forms and contexts the contemporary quests for meaning in turn transform the societies in which they occur. The rich comparative examples in The Search for Fundamentals are used to analyze the sources and consequences of several cultural movements. The book also offers theoretical reflections on the difficulties they experience and on the message they carry for students of modernity.
Audience: A broad readership of scholars and advanced students in the social sciences and humanities.


Protest Religion postmodernism

Editors and affiliations

  • Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen
    • 1
  • Jan Berting
    • 2
  • Frank Lechner
    • 3
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4568-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8500-2
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