The Postmodern

The Postmodern

The Postmodern

The Postmodern

Synopsis

Simon Malpas investigates the theories and definitions of postmodernism and postmodernity, and explores their impact in such areas as identity, history, art, literature and culture. In attempting to map the different forms of the postmodern, and the contrasting experiences of postmodernity in the Western and developing worlds, he looks closely at:* modernism and postmodernism* modernity and postmodernity* subjectivity* history* politics.This useful guidebook will introduce students to a range of key thinkers who have sought to question the contemporary situation, and will enable readers to begin to approach the primary texts of postmodern theory and culture with confidence.

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What is it like to be postmodern?

Contemporary culture moves at an almost incomprehensible speed. The opportunities and lifestyles open to people in Europe and North America seem to multiply exponentially as new ideas, technologies and fashions appear at ever-increasing rates. Space and time shrink almost to nothing as we move around the world at breakneck pace. Civilisations, traditions and forms of social interaction are transformed or even annihilated as borders become more fluid and the conventions, customs and ways of life that once distinguished one place from another turn into matters of choice for an internationalised consumer. The world is now, quite literally, at our fingertips as we choose and purchase lifestyles from wherever we please, eclectically piecing together patchworks of images and signs to produce our identities. This shrinking of the world is not just a result of the physical movements of jet-setting businesspeople and package holidaymakers, but even more a consequence of the culture created by the mobile phone users who are always 'in touch', the television viewers who are fed stories from around the globe almost at the instant that they occur, and the internet surfers who can access the most up-to-the-minute, arcane or even bizarre information from any corner of

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