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Modern culture and lifestyles


CPD- 2.37

15:30 - 17:20


2nd semester

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  • What kind of lifestyle do you aspire to have? Is it possible or difficult to achieve? What motivates you to inhabit a particular lifestyle? How do you, among billions of people, live our modern life? Apparently, we are living at a time with endless lifestyle options available to us – we are who we choose to become. Yet at times there are also tensions and constraints in the crafting of our self-making. In our efforts to understand this interplay of structure and agency, we are going to investigate the patterns of cultural change and continuity in our modern world. Drawing from sociological concepts and studies mainly from the domain of media and consumption, we aim to understand various facets of identity with the dynamics of modern culture and lifestyles as well as the changing role of the individual in society. We will assess and reflect our modern tastes, lifestyles and identities through everyday practices & habits like foodies, fashion, tattoos, Hello Kitty, K-pop fan, yoga, go green and many more.

  • On completing the course, students should be able to:

    1. Apply concepts in the understanding of cultures and lifestyles.

    2. Understand the formation of individual identity in modern society.

    3. Engage in self-reflective dialogue on issues of selfhood, agency, culture, and lifestyles.

    4. Demonstrate the capacity to analyse a particular cultural group or lifestyle.

  • Tasks


    Tutorial presentation and discussion


    Reflective memo






  • Featherstone, F. 2007. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (2/e). Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE.

    Giddens, A. 1991. Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity.

    Lawler, S. 2014. Identity: Sociological Perspectives (2/e). Cambridge: Polity.

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