The Contours of High Modernity – focus on connection between sociology and modern institutions An example – a devorce is a crisis in the individual personal life, which presents dangers to their security and sense of well-being. Also offers fresh opportunities for selfdevelopment and future happiness. Going through a phase of mourning, is the key to ”reclaiming oneself” after devorse, sickness ect…. You must reach back into the early experience and find other images and roots for independence, for being able to live alone and for undertaking the second chance. The media printed and electronic play today a more central role. The media gives os multiple choices about how to life our lives, distinct from the previous periodes of history. Personal meaninglessness – the feeling that life has nothing worthwhile to offer – becomes a fundamental psychic problem in circumstances of late modernity Modernity – some general consederations. Modernity = the industrual world. The pace of social change much faster than in any prior system. Globalisation of social activity Printing (mass media) newspaper, books Electronic communication (television, radio ect.) The dynamic character of modern social life. Separation of time and space. (we all have a sense of the future, the present and the past) Disembedding mechanisms (symbolic tokens ( monetary extance of one form or another)and expert systems (technical knowlegde) Institutional reflexivity (new information and knowledge) Science and technology are double-edged, creating new parameters of risk and danger as well as offering beneficent possibilities for humankind. We are living in a risky world, where we will be confronted with our social existence. Why modernity and personal identity Changes in personal life is directly tied to social connections of very wide scope. Modernity breaks down the protective framework of the small community and of tradition, replacing these with much larger impersonal organisations.