Nationalism and Modernity
Ernest Gellner argued that the nations, the nation state and nationalism had their origins in modernity, more specifically in the French and industrial revolutions of the late 18th century. The origins of Nationalism and the feelings associated with it are thus not rooted in human nature, but in the social processes which emerged with the…
Jean Francois Lyotard: The Postmodern Condition
the postmodern condition is a mindset sceptical about universal truths and which embraces relativist knowledges and uncertainty.
Voices of Guinness: Oral Histories of Work in Modernity
Voices of Guinness: An Oral History of the Royal Park Brewery (202) is a recent academic work by Tim Strangleman which explores the experience of work in one Guinness Factory from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The research took place over several years and consists of oral histories (presumably based on in-depth structured, or…
Explaining the Growth of the New Age Movement…
Steve Bruce points out that the New Age mostly appeals to successful, highly educated, middle class individuals, especially those working in the creative and expressive professions. The kind of individualist beliefs espoused by the New Age Movement fit in well with the world view of such individuals. The doctrine of self-generated success fits their experience…
A Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’ – Part Three: The Way We Act
Thirteen – Does Love Need Reason? Love and Reason will forever fail to communicate… for three reasons. Reason is about use, love is about value. The world as seen by love is a collection of values, as seen by reason, a collection of useful objects – Value is the quality of a thing, usefulness an…
Summary of Liquid Modernity Chapter Four – Work
A brief summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity, chapter 4: Work.
A Summary of Chapter Three of Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman – Time/Space
In the first section Bauman provides an overview of some of the key features of contemporary urban areas. Firstly, that modern urban areas are increasingly gated – To illustrate this he offers a description of Heritage Park, a new 500 acre gate community about to be built not far from Cape Town in South Africa,…
The Condition of Postmodernity (David Harvey): A Summary of Chapter Five
A summary of David Harvey’s (1989) The Condition of Postmodernity’: An Inquiry Into the Origins of Cultural Change. This is a summary of chapter five. You like to read my summaries of chapters one and two and three first of all: Click here for chapter 1 summary Click here for chapter 2 summary Click here…