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    DescriptionThe term a postmodernitya has been used to describe that historical transformation of the late 20th century when the institutional breaks holding back individual emancipation disintegrated, thereby giving rise to the full expression of individual desires and the quest for self--fulfilment. But there are now signs -- argues Gilles Lipovetsky, one of the most original social thinkers in France today -- that wea ve entered a new phase of a hypermodernitya , characterized by hyper--consumption and the hypermodern individual. Hyperconsumption is a consumption which absorbs and integrates more and more spheres of social life and which encourages individuals to consume for their own personal pleasure rather than to enhance their social status. Hypermodernity is a society characterized by movement, fluidity and flexibility, distanced more than ever from the great structuring principles of modernity. And the hypermodern individual, while oriented towards pleasure and hedonism, is also filled with the kind of tension and anxiety that comes from living in a world which has been stripped of tradition and which faces an uncertain future. Individuals are gnawed by anxiety; fear has superimposed itself on their pleasures, and anguish on their liberation. Everything worries and alarms them, and there are no longer any beliefs systems to which they can turn for assurance. These are hypermodern times.


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    Title
    Hypermodern Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gilles Lipovetsky, By (author) Sebastien Charles
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 102
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745634210
    ISBN 10: 0745634214
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, SOC026000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 302.17, 302/.17
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: HM449 .L5713 2005, HM449
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, NHTB, JBCC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    29 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Gilles Lipovetsky, Professor of Philosopy and member of the "Conseil National des Programmes (Education Nationale) in France Sebastien Charles, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada
    Back cover copy
    The term 'postmodernity' has been used to describe that historical transformation of the late 20th century when the institutional breaks holding back individual emancipation disintegrated, thereby giving rise to the full expression of individual desires and the quest for self-fulfilment. But there are now signs - argues Gilles Lipovetsky, one of the most original social thinkers in France today - that we've entered a new phase of 'hypermodernity', characterized by hyper-consumption and the hypermodern individual.Hyperconsumption is a consumption which absorbs and integrates more and more spheres of social life and which encourages individuals to consume for their own personal pleasure rather than to enhance their social status. Hypermodernity is a society characterized by movement, fluidity and flexibility, distanced more than ever from the great structuring principles of modernity. And the hypermodern individual, while oriented towards pleasure and hedonism, is also filled with the kind of tension and anxiety that comes from living in a world which has been stripped of tradition and which faces an uncertain future. Individuals are gnawed by anxiety; fear has superimposed itself on their pleasures, and anguish on their liberation. Everything worries and alarms them, and there are no longer any beliefs systems to which they can turn for assurance. These are hypermodern times.
    Table of contents
    * Foreword * Paradoxical individualism: An introduction to the thought of Gilles Lipovetsky, by Sebastien Charles. Page 9 * Time against time, or Hypermodern society Page 51 * Notes Page 113 * Stages in an intellectual itinerary. A conversation between Gilles Lipovetsky and Sebastien Charles. Page 118 * Bibliography of publications by Gilles Lipovetsky. Page 142