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This is the second of a two-part series looking at the relationship between modernitypostmod_cover, postmodernity and the development of sociological theory and in this set of Teaching Notes the focus is on two main areas:

1 Identifying the basic economic, political and cultural characteristics of postmodernity.

2, Outlining a range of sociological theories we can loosely associate with postmodernity.

I’ve used the word “loosely” here because as you’re probably aware there’s always a lot of debate around concepts like modernity, late-modernity and postmodernity and whole most Specifications tend to create an easy dichotomy between the “modern” and the “postmodern” world it’s not necessarily that simple.

To reflect this, therefore, I’ve included a selection of theories (Interactionism, Network Systems and Structuration) that don’t sit neatly in either camp but which lean towards a late-modernity take on sociological theory. When answering an A2 Theory and Methods question on modernity / postmodernity and sociological theory these are the kinds of theories it can be useful to introduce and discuss for evaluative purposes.

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