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.
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