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1 Do We Live in a Postmodern Society? Part II Lecture by Dr Christopher Kollmeyer

2 Outline for Lecture : Key Question : Do we live in a postmodern society? If so, it began around late 1960s and early 1970s. Possible Realms where Postmodernism Manifests 1.Time, Space, and Social Relations 2.Arts, Pop Culture, and Aesthetics 3.Epistemology 4.Societal Structures Economy Politics Geo-political affairs

3 The De-linking of Time and Space The World Seems Smaller Time-Space Compression is Uneven

4 Social Consequences of the Separation of Time and Space 1. Human activity and culture can be dis-embedded from its local context. 2. Humans become inter-connected across much great geographic distances: 3. Declining stability and continuity in ones social environment. Ontological Insecurity: Source: Anthony Giddens The Consequences of Modernity.

5 Cultural Hybridity: Radically Different Ontological Worlds Collide Fast Food in Traditional Middle Eastern Society The Burka in London Hip-Hop in the Amazon Juggle Pepsi and the Burka

6 PoMo in Fine Arts and Pop Culture: Symbols become De-linked from Reality Signified Signifier An actual man Symbol representing a man

7 Modern vs. Postmodern TV Adverts &q=genre%3Aad_promo Modern Postmodern HQP_SlOA

8 PoMo Music Video: De-linking Lyrics and Images Coldplay The Hardest Part

9 Postmodern Epistemology Modernity: (The Grand Narrative) Scientific knowledge human progress standardization of human life. Postmodernity (The Death of the Grand Narrative) Reason and scientific knowledge have limits –Other ways of knowing Future doesnt equal progress Multiplicity of social outcomes, not uniformity

10 Social Change in the Late 20 th Century Technology –Mechanical Informational Economy –National & industrial Global & de-industrial Service sector now dominates Politics –Class culture and identity Geo-political Affairs –Western Hegemony Multi-polar world Rise of non-Western powers


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