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Postmodernity is a social and political condition, distinct from modernity, closely related to postmodernism. For social, political, technological, and economic determinists, it is a major cause of the emergence of postmodernism and postmodern culture. For others, it is a mode of society which go hand in hand with postmodernism. Postmodernity may be a reason for some to choose postmodernism as a way of life, epistemological, ethical, or aesthetic position.

Postmodernism is an epistemological, aesthetic, ethical, and/or cultural attitude which is said to be distinctive from that of modern society.

The defining characteristics of postmodernity are not unanimously agreed on. Yet there are some characteristics that are frequently mentioned:

In politics,

In the economy, In technology,


Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) was a French philosopher and literary theorist well-known for his embracing of postmodernism after the late 1970s. He published "La Condition postmoderne: Rapport sur le savoir" (The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge) (1979)

From Postmodernism to Postmodernity: the Local/Global Context by Ihab Hassan [1].

Studies in postmodernity