Sociologie Românească, Vol. VII, no. 4/2009, pp. 80-97.
Abstract: The article analyses the concept of tendential modernity as a type of evolution of Romanian society towards principles and norms of modernity. Romania still experiences specific modernization. Unlike Western modernization, Romanian modernization began with political institutional construction and not with the building of capitalist economy. Modernity is a trend which coexists with obsolete institutional forms. Modernity penetrates slowly and with difficulty through the complicated network of socio-institutional structures of the traditional, patriarchal society. Modernity is a tendency, an ideal in the construction of a nation. It is mosaic modernity, and it is not organized in a clear, dominant form. Many elements of modernity have failed to coagulate stable modern structures in all sectors of society.
Keywords: modernization, modernity, multiples modernities, tendential modernity, the dominant form a modernity.
Cuvinte-cheie: modernizare, modernitate, multiple modernităţi, modernitate tendenţială, forma dominantă a modernităţii.