- Subject index
What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account
Chapter 5: Lifestyle in Postmodernity
Lifestyle in Postmodernity
In this chapter we will deal with lifestyle choices in postmodernity. In many ways, for people living in postmodernity, the task of making decisions concerning what to do with one's life has become a more crucial part of everyday existence than it was for people living in other kinds of societies.
This has to do first of all with the fact that people now more than ever before have to take responsibility themselves for what they want to do with their lives. Traditional bonds have loosened, and it is neither necessary nor possible to automatically follow in the footsteps of one's parents. If, in traditional societies, people had few alternative life-plans to choose between, in postmodernity people have to make choices ...