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John G. Stackhouse

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138074.001.0001

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Postmodernity and Postmodernism(s)

Postmodernity and Postmodernism(s)

(p.22) 2 Postmodernity and Postmodernism(s)
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Investigates the meaning and significance of postmodernity as the most recent cultural situation to arise within North America's pluralistic culture. It defines postmodernity as the condition of lost confidence in the modern project's ability to discover the truth and to reshape the world in light of that discovery. Instead, it recognizes that all human perception and thought is necessarily perspectival or subjective – from somewhere and by someone. Postmodernism is distinguished as the collective array of responses to postmodernity that accept its view of things and then attempt to construct a view of the world, and perhaps an entire way of life, on that basis. The multiculturalism of North American culture further exacerbates the situation of pluralism and postmodernity. The discussion of pluralism and postmodernity concludes by arguing that the present situation is distinct from former conditions in the scope and amount of plurality, the pace of change, the ubiquity of doubt, and finally, consumerism.

Keywords:   consumerism, culture, multiculturalism, pluralism, postmodernism, postmodernisms, postmodernity, subjectivity

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