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We Have Never Been PostmodernTheory at the Speed of Light$
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Steve Redhead

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643448

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643448.001.0001

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After Postmodernity?

After Postmodernity?

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 After Postmodernity?
We Have Never Been Postmodern

Steve Redhead

Edinburgh University Press

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

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