Exploring the Modern: Patterns of Western Culture and Civilization / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides the first comprehensive account of the social and cultural aspects of modernity over the past two centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631196228
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,071,584
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Jervis has taught extensively in the areas of Sociology, Social Anthropology, and Cultural Studies, at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: The Modern Self.

1. The Theatrical Self: social drama and personal identity.

2. Subjects and Citizens: the politics of everyday life.

3. Street People: the city as experience, dream and nightmare.

4. The Consolations of Consumerism.

5.'We Are Born Naked - Everything Else is Drag': clothing the body, fashioning the self.

6. The Seduction of Romance: fictions of love, narratives of selfhood.

Part II: The Modern Age.

7. Sacred, Secular, Sublime: modernity performs the death of God.

8. Machines and Skyscrapers: technology as experience, hope and fear.

9. From Enlightenment to Holocaust: modernity and the end of morality.

10. Modernism, Art and Culture.

11. The Image, the Spectral, and the Spectacle: technologies of the visual.

12. Postmodern Times?.

Key Terms.

Biographical Notes.

Guide to Further Reading.

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