Tag: postmodernity

  • Postmodernism – An Introduction for A-level Sociology Students

    A summary of the work of three postmodern thinkers: Lyotard, Baudrillard and Bauman who argue that we need to think differently about the social world now we have moved out of the modernity.

  • Zygmunt Bauman’s Consuming Life (2007): Chapter One

    A summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Consuming Life (2007), chapter one: Consumerism versus Consumption

  • Dating and Relationships in Postmodernity

    Tinder and other dating apps certainly seem to be changing the way we meet people in the postmodern age, but does the normalisation of these technologies represent a significant change in the nature of intimate relationships more generally? Some basic stats on Tinder certainly suggest its use is very widespread, and growing…. Tinder boasts 9.6 million…

  • Analyse two ways in which crime has changed in postmodern society (10)

    Outline and analyse some of the ways in which crime has changed in postmodern society (10) An example of how you might go about answering such a question (not an exhaustive answer) (Before reading this through, you might like to recap the difference between modernity and postmodernity.) Postmodern society is a society based around consumption…

  • 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 more diversity The End of Metanarratives The corresponding postmodern view of identity Individuals identities are…

  • Criticisms of Postmodernism

    While most sociologists agree that modern society is more fragmented and uncertain, they disagree with some elements of post-modernism a. Lyotard’s idea about the collapse of grand narratives can be criticised because it is itself a ‘grand narrative’ b. Frederick Jamieson argued that Post-Modernism is the ‘cultural logic of late capitalism’ – In the same…

  • From Modernity to Post-Modernity

    Modernity (1650 to 1950) involved industrialisation, capitalism, urbanisation, nation state building, and a belief in progress through science. Postmodernity (1950 to today) is global, media saturated and hyperreal, consumerist, culturally diverse, sceptical and uncertain about politics, science and the truth.

  • Modernity, Postmodernity and The Family

    Modernity, Postmodernity and The Family is one of the most difficult topics for students to get their heads around – The first thing to understand is that modernist social theories (Functionalism and Marxism) are OLD – and were theorising about the family over 50 years ago. The second thing is that Postmodern theories aren’t really…