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Consequences of Modernization

What are the consequences of modernization?

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1. What are the consequences of modernization?

The literature suggests consequences in several areas (both positive and negative), such as:

1). Health consequences of modernization
E.g., sedentary lifestyle leads to a lack of exercise and obesity and related diseases, see http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3659/is_199710/ai_n8775028.

Also, it is reported that modernization has lead to industrial type diseases for employees and to an increase in diseases caused by polluted air and water.

2). Political consequences of modernization e.g., restricted political freedom

People's capacity to give meaning and direction to social life is an essential dimension of political freedom. Yet many citizens of Western democracies believe that this freedom has become quite restricted. They feel they are at the mercy of anonymous structures and processes over which they have little control, structures and processes that present them with options and realities they might not have chosen if they had any real choice. As a result, political interest declines and political cynicism flourishes. The underlying cause of the powerlessness pervading the current political system could be modernization. Taking the work of Max Weber, Karl ...

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This solution discusses six consequences of modernization e.g. social, economic, family, etc. Supplemented with one article on the implications of modernization on the family.