HAMPTON, Va. (January 8, 2020) – Dr. Shahid M. Shahidullah, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice for Hampton University, recently published his seventh book titled “Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century.” In this volume, published in 2019 by NOVA Science Publications of New York, Dr. Shahidullah has assembled an impressive array of social scientists from different regions of the world, including Hampton University’s Dr. Zina McGee of the Department of Sociology and Dr. Mohammed Sillah of the Department of History and Political Science, to examine issues and challenges of modernization and globalization in the 21st century.
“This latest book is another great example of Hampton University’s professors leading the way in today’s society. Drs. Shahid Shahidullah, Zina McGee and Mohammed Sillah’s work is just one of the many contributions to the world that Hampton University has made over the last 150 years,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
“This book attempts to explore the directionality of the present world in the context of the recent rise of a series of unforeseen social and political events, such as the rise of global terrorism, the global spread of the war on terror, global religious violence and intolerance, and the global political expansion of the ultra-rights espousing the ideology of racism, sexism, nativism, and xenophobia,” Dr. Shahidullah said.
This book also claims that global modernity, particularly under the American mission of expanding what Thomas Jefferson called the “empire of liberty,” has been progressing across the world societies for more than two hundred years. Every American President from George Washington to Barack Obama, despite their different political views and ideology, upholds the doctrine of “manifest destiny” and “American Exceptionalism” to spread the empire of liberty and the lights of the “shining city” in all across the world societies. The book documents that modernity and liberalism have remarkably advanced, particularly since the second half of the twentieth century. The world economy has become more global, world democracy has expanded, the global middle class has vastly grown, women’s economic and political empowerments have widened, and global digital connectivity has increased. These social and economic transformations, the book argues, are far more fundamental for the future progress of democracy and global modernity. The further spread of global modernity is inevitable and irreversible. The present right-wing ideologies of nativism, localism, nationalism, fundamentalism, and divisiveness in the global political trajectory is transient and temporal peculiarities.
“Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century” is uniquely dedicated to the memory of the lives lost in the Christchurch Mosque massacre in New Zealand; the Easter Sunday Church execution in Sri Lanka; the Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh; and the Holey Artisan Bakery slaying in Dhaka—the incidents, according to Dr. Shahidullah, summoned the world for understanding the conviction of humanism which is the essence of modernity. About America, the book concludes by reminding us what President Abraham Lincoln once said to the nation in much darker days of the civil war, that America will again be touched “by the better angels of our nature.”
Dr. Shahid says that his next project includes two books. One is titled “Sociology for the New Digital Tribe of the 21st Century” to be published by Cognella Publishers (under contract), and another title is “Advances in Global Cyber Security Law and Regulations,” to be published by IGI Global (under contract). The later volume will be co-edited by Dr. Zina McGee and Dr. Ava Marrow of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
“Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century” is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.