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other words: sociological analysis and the political strategies that are drawn from it must become more sophisticated. Here, it is clear that Paz was reacting to modernization theory, a current of thought that was very prominent at the time when he wrote the lines quoted above. His arguments, however, were not inspired by ideological diff erences. Rather, he simply recognized that sociological theories of modernization were far too simplistic and, therefore, incapable of coping with the extremely complex sociocultural processes characteristic of modernization

/structural properties generally proceed by extracting certain commonalities from the bewildering diversity of human interactions. Simmel’s distinction between form and content constitutes one of his most important contributions to the emergence of sociological theory; it has helped to foster the development of such new areas of study as symbolic interactionism, social psychology, urban sociology, and, indeed, postmodern theory itself. In addition, Simmel made a distinction between forms of interaction and social types. To avoid confusion – and to create meaning – people reduce

not in the blind dependencies, of which one is the unrefl ected predominance of the national” (Adorno 1997, vol. 10.2: 692). It seems quite obvious that Adorno situates Kant’s as well as his own ideas 8 | Just as if he would announce an awareness of the plurality of modernities – which marks the debate about “multiple modernities” in contemporary sociological theory – ahead of time. 40 | Oliver Kozlarek in an outspokenly German situation, in that of a “culture war”, as it were, which is marked by a dialectical tension: on one side, “a radicalization of the