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Identify some characteristics of modern society

The nation-state, capitalism and individualism


What are the 4 changes that have helped bring about globalisation?

Technological changes, economic changes, political changes and changes in culture and identity


What is postmodernism?

It is a major intellectual movement that has emerged since the 1970s


What is postmodernism characterised by?

Instability, fragmentation and media saturated and image and reality are indistinguishable


What is 'anti-foundationalism'?

No true foundations to knowledge


What are the two consequences of 'anti-foundationalism'?

Enlightenment of achieving progress through true, scientific knowledge is dead and Any theory is just a meta-narrative - they are somebody's view but not the truth


What does Lyotard believe about language?

He says that knowledge is just a series of language games


Identify the 2 terms developed by Baudrillard

Simulcra and Hyper-reality


What concept does simulcra refer to?

That signs stand for nothing themselves - news about soap operas are signs about signs rather than about an underlying reality (hyper-reality)


What makes culture, identity and politics different in postmodern society?

The role of the media in creating hyper-reality which causes culture to become fragmented and unstable so there is no longer a fixed view


Give 2 strengths of postmodernism as a theory

It acknowledges the importance of the media in today's society and it rejects all-embracing meta-narrative which is valuable


What are Philo and Millers criticisms of postmodernism

It ignores power and inequality, We can't freely construct our identities through consumption as it overlooks the effect of poverty, It is wrong to claim people can't find reality and It can't assume that all views are right


What do theories of late modernity argue about social changes?

They argue that rapid changes are not the signs of postmodernity but of late modernity and that everything is going a little fast


What are Giddens' beliefs about reflexivity?

He believes that rapid change is the result of reflexivity where tradition and custom have become much less important and are not guides as to how we should act so 'we need to change our actions according to need'


According to Beck, the late modern society is a 'risk society' that faces new dangers. How do today's dangers compare to dangers of the past?

In the past, society faced dangers as the result of its inability to control nature but today, the dangers we face are manufactured risks resulting from human activities such as global warming


How does Mark Rustin criticise theories of late modernity?

He argues that capitalism is the source of risk, not technology


Marxists such as Harvey & Jameson believe that modernity has moved on. In what ways do they believe society has changed?

They believe that flexible accumulation has occurred which is a new way of achieving profitability or post Fordism and there have also been political changes


What sort of world does Kenichi Ohmae believe we now live in?

He argues that we now live in a 'borderless world' in which transnational companies and consumers have more economic power than national governments


Define globalisation

The increasing interconnectedness of people across national boundaries


What do sociologists argue we now live in due to globalisation?

A global village


Who sees late modernity as a period of growing individualisation?



What sort of perspective do Harvey and Jameson take in their explanation of postmodernism?

A Marxist theory


How do Jameson and Harvey agree with postmodernists?

They agree that there have been major changes in society, and they describe postmodern culture in similar terms, emphasising the importance of media images, diversity and instability


What do Marxists regard postmodernity to be a product of?

The most recent stage of capitalism


What does Erving Goffman argue we must do in order to describe the situation of a mental patient?

We must take their sides - we have to be biased in favour of the patient and against the psychiatrist