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Lecture 7: Postmodernity
Wednesday, September 29 The rise of the "network society" A society in which people increasingly interact with each other through electronic networks as opposed to face-to-face interaction face-to Due to the increase in "new intellectual technology" (especially the internet and microelectronic communication devices) Social space is increasingly decoupled from physical space Emptying out of traditional social spaces and groups (e.g., leagues, clubs, lodges, religious centers) Increasing power and influence of mass media Rapid broadcasting of information and images Control over information flows = power Derationalization De-McDonaldization DeDecentralization of production and market processes PostPost-Fordism Deroutinization Nonstandard work arrangements, combined with widespread, rapid electronic communication Spatial reorganization Rejection of grid-like urban planning, functionally designed gridstructures (e.g., buildings) Fragmentation of identity Social identity: The parts of one's self-concept which derive identity: selffrom his or her knowledge of belonging to a given set of social groups or of playing certain social roles Characteristics, background, roles, affiliations People are now more likely to have identity elements that were traditionally seen as incompatible Identity experimentation ...
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