A Fundamental Assumption
This essay begins by assuming a particular view of the essence
of the process social scientists refer to as modernization. In
effect, in the author’s opinion the only common traits or
absolutely necessary characteristics of all cases of modernization
consist in the massive application of modern science and technology
to the processes of material life in society along with the
adoption of a secularized view of man and society. Everything else
is, to a larger or smaller degree, accidental or ancillary to the
essence of the process.
To access the entire discussion paper:
Jorge, Antonio, “Some Thoughts on Modernization, Secularization, Individualization and Economic Behavior (Discussion Paper #96)” (1992). Discussion Papers in Economics and Banking. Paper 6.