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In the article, Between Modernism and Postmodernism: Lenskis Power and Privilege in the Study of Inequalities, Ann R.

Tickamyer argues that Lenkis 20th century study on stratification exemplifies the transition in academics between modernism and postmodernism. To achieve this, the author lists and describes eight characteristics of Lenskis approach to writing which differ from the previous academic works founded in the modernist tradition, including synthesis and integration of many theoretical perspectives, rational analysis grounded in empirical data, an appreciation for context, multidimensionality, and accessibility (Tickamyer 251). Further, she provides context of the modernist tradition of which Lenski is clearly a part, while demonstrating how his work is predictive of the more variable science characteristic of post-modernism. Ultimately, Tickamyer provides contemporary examples of the outgrowth of Lenskis technique. Tickamyers short summary of Lenskis work connect grand structuralist and conflict theories (248-249). The background of social unrest she provides for the post-war, baby-boomer world in which Lenskis Power and Privilege was published is characteristic of transitions from industrial to postindustrial societies discussed by Ritzer (231-232). The extension of this background, the developing consumer culture, is visible in the work of Jean Baudrillard (249). Its also possible to see Baudrillards work continuing in Lenskis tradition of context and synthesis of ideas from multiple sources. About the article, I appreciated Tickamyers attempt to utilize Lenskis rationality and analysis to provide background on his style. This technique is particularly strong in the context of the history behind, and resulting outcome, of Lenskis work. I would have appreciated more if the author had less summary initially of Power and Privilege, and instead provided more background about the history and developments of this kind. The papers strength lies in the ability to synthesize particular aspects of the historical work in this context, and apply a broad analysis of the topic.

Ritzer, G. (2013). Contemporary sociological theory and its classical roots: the basics (4. ed.). New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill. Tickamyer, A. (2004). Between modernism and postmodernism: Lenski's Power and Privilege in the study of inequalities. Sociological Theory, 22(2), 247-257.