Modernism and postmodernism
in Bauman and contemporary sociology
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Modernism' is a term usually reserved for a set of movements in the arts that gained a particular momentum in the early years of the twentieth century and continued to flourish until at least the middle of the twentieth century, the periodisation being dependent on when one believes that a new set of aesthetic strategies and products, dubbed postmodernist, began. This chapter discusses that for many commentators postmodernism in the arts was, by and large, a continuation of modernism, hence the doubts and debates about the periodisation of modernism. It describes Bauman's Legislators and Interpreters, which positions itself in a very specific manner in relation to these debates. The chapter talks about these debates from a serious exploration of Bauman's first text on the question of 'modernity', from a postmodernist perspective, which inaugurated a prolific period of publications by him on the subject.

Bauman and contemporary sociology

A critical analysis

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