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The Evaluation Society$
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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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Modernity and Its “Evaluation Imaginary”

Modernity and Its “Evaluation Imaginary”

(p.99) 3 Modernity and Its “Evaluation Imaginary”
The Evaluation Society
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This chapter, as its title suggests, centers on modernity and its “evaluation imaginary.” It presents an analysis of the society constantly evolving around evaluation and three different outlines of sociohistorical stages of modernity. These stages are the audit society, entitled modernity, and reflexive modernity, and each stage matches different social conditions of evaluation and a certain set of social imaginaries, or patterns of meanings that describe a certain society.

Keywords:   modernity, evaluation imaginary, sociohistorical stages, audit society, entitled modernity, reflexive modernity, social imaginaries

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