Rebalancing Liberalism: Discourse Theory as a Remedy to the Effects of Accelerated Modernity
Balancing the rights of the individual to lead a self-determined life while accommodating traditional identity groups is a central goal of liberal society. The modernity argument suggests that processes within modernity are capable of liberalizing societies. The emergence of modern information technology has drastically increased the speed of the liberalizing influence of modernity to the point that this goal is threatened. However, using tools found within discourse theory, traditional identity groups may be able to mitigate these incoming influences to such a degree as to rebalance these liberal goals.
Discourse theory, Modernity, technology, liberalism, identity group
Master of Arts (M.A.)