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NICOLACI-DA-COSTA, Ana Maria. The inner transition from modernity to post-modernity. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2004, vol.24, n.1, pp. 82-93. ISSN 1414-9893.

The transition from modernity to post-modernity has been intensively studied from a macro, or social, perspective. There have been, however, few attempts to understand how such a transition is taking place from a micro, or individual, point of view. This is the main purpose of the present study. An analysis of 18 to 25-year-old men and women’s discourse about their use of cell phones made this inner transformation partially visible. This analysis made it possible to identify a process of interpenetration of semantic fields that makes some of the main characteristics of the post-modern world - its immediacy and fluidity - psychologically concrete.

Palavras-chave : Modernity; Post-modernity; Cell phones; Young people.

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