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To begin, postmodernism and postmodernity are, in essence, two different concepts. Whilst obviously related it is important to note that the terms are used to define distinct historical, social and intellectual developments.

Postmodernism relates to the philosophical body of thought that attempts a theoretical understanding and analysis of the contemporary moment – notably capitalist development from the latter half of the twentieth century. Theoretically, postmodernism is predicated upon the intellectual refutation and rejection of modernist thought systems. Modernity represents the historical period that emerges with the advent of scientific, intellectual, technological and social revolution in eighteenth century Europe. This period is known as the Enlightenment and distinguishes the rational, secular modern world from the world that preceded it – the world of religion and superstition. ...

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