Category Archives: Postmodernism and Late Modernsim

Sociological Theories of Consumerism and Consumption

Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about the things we might consume, and how we might consume them, and we do this not only as individuals, but as friends, partners, and families, and so intensely do we … Continue reading

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Giddens – Fate, Risk and Security

A Summary of Anthony Giddens’ Modernity and Self Identity, Chapter 4 – Fate, Risk and Security Fate, Fatalism, Fateful Moments To live in the universe of high modernity is to live in an environment of chance and risk. The future … Continue reading

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Jock Young: Late Modernity, Exclusion and Crime

Jock Young (2002) argues that we are now living in a late modern society characterised by instability, insecurity and exclusion, which make the problem of crime worse. He contrasts today’s society (since the 1970s) with the period preceding it, arguing … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives on Identity (1)

A brief summary of Steph Lawler’s ‘Identity’ – Chapter One – Stories, Memories, Identities Introduction: living lives and telling stories ‘We endlessly tell stories, both about ourselves and others, and it is through these stories that we make sense of … Continue reading

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Giddens – The Trajectory of the Self

A Summary of chapter three of Anthony Giddens’ Modernity and Self-Identity Self-identity, history, modernity Drawing on a therapeutic text – ‘Self-Therapy’ by Janette Rainwater – Giddens selects ten features which are distinctive about the search for self-identity in the late … Continue reading

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Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Times – A Summary

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the world’s leading sociologists. He is particularly interested in how the west’s increasing obsession with ‘individualism’ actually prevents the individual from being free in any meaningful sense of the word. In  ‘Liquid Times (2007), Bauman … Continue reading

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Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity – A Summary of Chapter One

A brief summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity, chapter one. A level sociology labels Bauman as a postmodern Marxist. Chapter One – Emancipation The chapter begins with Marcuse’s complaint (writing in the 1970s) that most people don’t see the need … Continue reading

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Postmodern and Late Modern Sociological Thought

A brief summary of post and late modern thought, for A Level Sociology. Postmodern Thought Late Modern Responses to Postmodern Thought Ideas about the economy, politics and society Post-Industrial, service sector, portfolio workers and consumption is central Declining power of … Continue reading

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Modernity and Postmodernity – A Summary

Technological changes, globalisation and the move from Modernity to Postmodernity Two key processes which underpin the move from ‘Modernity’ to ‘Postmodernity’ are technological changes and globalisation. The development of satellite communications and transport technologies seem to be the main causes … Continue reading

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Post and Late Modern Perspectives on Society and Identity

This is intended to be an uber-brief summary, for fuller accounts please see other relevant posts.  The postmodern view of society  Globalisation destablises social structures Consumer culture floats free from other institutions The media and hyperreality are important There is much … Continue reading

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