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

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This book provides the most wide-ranging account yet of the cultural and social dimensions of modernity as they have developed over the past two centuries or so. Synthesizing and reinterpreting the mass of recent research on city life, consumerism, fashion, technology, surveillance and social control, popular culture and the media, and the significance of 'modernism' in culture and the arts, the author draws out the tensions in our experiences and images of 'the modern' that underlie - and frequently undermine - the rational pretensions of the modern ethos and modern self-identity.. "Exploring the Modern provides an essential context for evaluating current discussions of the late twentieth-century cultural crisis and debates over a possible shift into the 'postmodern'. The book is theoretically sophisticated yet written in a lively and accessible style, making it an ideal text for students and researchers across the humanities and social sciences.
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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: 1,183,907
  • 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

List of Plates
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Modern Self
1 The Theatrical Self: Social Drama and Personal Identity 15
2 Subjects and Citizens: The Politics of Everyday Life 42
3 Street People: The City as Experience, Dream and Nightmare 65
4 The Consolations of Consumerism 91
5 'We Are Born Naked - Everything Else Is Drag': Clothing the Body, Fashioning the Self 117
6 The Seduction of Romance: Fictions of Love, Narratives of Selfhood 147
Pt. II The Modern Age
7 Sacred, Secular, Sublime: Modernity Performs the Death of God 177
8 Machines and Skyscrapers: Technology as Experience, Hope and Fear 202
9 From Enlightenment to Holocaust: Modernity and the End of Morality 227
10 Modernism, Art and Culture 250
11 The Image, the Spectral and the Spectacle: Technologies of the Visual 280
12 Postmodern Times? 310
Key Terms 342
Biographical Notes 345
Guide to Further Reading 347
Index 349
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