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The Importance of Meaning

Delanty, G. & Strydom, P. (Eds). (2003). Philosophies of social science: The classic and contemporary readings.

Why has the issue of meaning moved to the foreground in this so-called postmodern era (20th Century)?

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His and thank you for using Brainmass. The discussion below should get you started. This topic can be discussed in many ways but in the social sciences, it has become important primarily because of the discussion below. Don't forget to review your current class materials when putting together your final answer so as to include ideas from there. Good luck with your studies.

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On the Importance of Meaning

What is meaning? If we take an existentialist view, we are talking about the worth and value of life. So we ask, over a situation, over an event - what does it mean? We assess it according to what it implies about the social realities we deem it affects. Consider for example the event of the Recession. We ask - what does the recession mean to the American poor, for example. By asking said question, we can come to assess how it affects a particular individual or segment of society, how it affects their social, political and psychic lives. Now, if we take the semiotic view point, meaning pertains to the set of roles and references associated with a particular ...

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The solution provides insight and advice on the importance of meaning and why the debate over meaning creation has become very important in the postmodern era. references are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word (.doc) version is also attached.