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Modernity and Postmodernity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The concepts modernity and postmodernity refer to particular historical epochs and also to multifaceted sets of ideological, aesthetic, economic, and political processes. Modernity refers to the features of social and economic organization that consolidated in Western Europe and the United States around the 1850s and extended until late into the 20th century. Modernity had its origins in Enlightenment philosophy and science of the 17th and 18th centuries. Postmodernity refers to the cache of rapid social and economic changes ...

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