making modern in appearance or behavior
"the modernization of Nigeria will be a long process"
a modernized version (as of a play)
the process of modernizing
the act of rendering modern in style; the act or process of causing to conform to modern of thinking or acting
Modernization or modernisation refers to a model of an evolutionary transition from a 'pre-modern' or 'traditional' to a 'modern' society. The teleology of modernization is described in social evolutionism theories, existing as a template that has been generally followed by societies that have achieved modernity. While it may theoretically be possible for some societies to make the transition in entirely different ways, there have been no counterexamples provided by reliable sources. Historians link modernization to the processes of urbanization and industrialisation, as well as to the spread of education. As Kendall notes, "Urbanization accompanied modernization and the rapid process of industrialization." In sociological critical theory, modernization is linked to an overarching process of rationalisation. When modernization increases within a society, the individual becomes that much more important, eventually replacing the family or community as the fundamental unit of society. Modernization theory and history have been explicitly used as guides for countries eager to develop rapidly, such as China. Indeed, modernization has been proposed as the most useful framework for World history in China, because as one of the developing countries that started late, "China's modernization has to be based on the experiences and lessons of other countries.".
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See military capability.
The numerical value of modernization in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of modernization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We're going to do everything to protect our modernization.
It's been a big change. It's a clear modernization, we come here at least once a month now.
The new company structure is a first step and the basis for a modernization of VW, for a new and better company.
Any religious modernization will ultimately be against al-Azhar, since it is the conservative fortress in the system.
China's expanding strategic reach and extensive modernization requirements will continue to require significant investment over the next decade.
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- modernitzacióCatalan, Valencian
- 近代化, 現代化Japanese
- 現代化, 현대화Korean
- модернизација, осовременувањеMacedonian
- hiện đại hoáVietnamese
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