Society | Anthony Giddens | Late Modernity | Samfundsfag

1. Describe the difference between the traditional society and the late modern society
a. Explain Giddens three key characteristics of late modernity
b. Do we still have aspects of the traditional society in current day late modern society? (if yes, give examples)

2. Why have society changed from traditional to late modern?
3. Explain Giddens’ theory on the formation of identity
4. Give examples of how you experience everyday reflexivity and risk

In traditional society, 90-95% of the population worked in agricultural and the norms and traditions of the family/community all depended on religion. Back then, church and religion was practically, what we call today, the government. The community, primarily the local community and the family, were top priority.

Men had higher status than women, and sons normally followed in the footsteps of their father and the daughters in the footsteps of their mothers. Marriage back then, was not based on the love of two people, but on responsibility for a necessary working community. Today’s late modern society, on the other hand, is something completely different.

With huge opportunities for travel, globalisation and new and improved technology and means of communication, late modern society has a big increased level of information. Today, it is possible to get knowledge and information about everything in a few seconds. This combined with fast changes makes it very difficult to have the traditional norms and values from the past.

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