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After Postmodernity?

Steve Redhead

in We Have Never Been Postmodern

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643448
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652945 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643448.003.0001
After Postmodernity?

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Cosmopolitanism, long the dominant characteristic in sociology, has it appears become claustropolitanism, or is certainly in the process of ‘becoming claustropolitan’. For these new ‘new times’, with all the fast changing new media technologies that underpin the upheavals, this chapter introduces the mantra: we have never been postmodern. The argument is that modernity is all that there is. There is, however, the non-postmodern condition or non-postmodernity. In other words, in this argument, there is only what can be called ‘the modern condition’ or post-postmodernity, where the debates about the postmodern have left people reluctant to adhere to old certainties or resurrect the gurus of the past to explain the future.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; claustropolitanism; postmodern; media technologies; modernity; post-postmodernity; modern condition

Chapter.  4402 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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