Fragments of Modernity: Theories of Modernity in the Work of Simmel, Kracauer, and Benjamin

Fragments of Modernity: Theories of Modernity in the Work of Simmel, Kracauer, and Benjamin

by David Frisby, Thomas McCarthy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262560461

ISBN-13: 9780262560467

Pub. Date: 07/15/1988

Publisher: MIT Press

Fragments of Modernity provides a critical introduction to the work of three of the most original German thinkers of the early 20th century. In their different ways, all three illuminated the experience of the modern in urban life, whether in mid-19th-century Paris or inBerlin at the turn of the century or later as the vanguard city of the Weimar Republic. They

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Fragments of Modernity provides a critical introduction to the work of three of the most original German thinkers of the early 20th century. In their different ways, all three illuminated the experience of the modern in urban life, whether in mid-19th-century Paris or inBerlin at the turn of the century or later as the vanguard city of the Weimar Republic. They related the new modes of experiencing the world to the maturation of the money economy (Simmel), the process of rationalization of capital (Kracauer), and the fantasy world of commodity fetishism (Benjamin) -in each case focusing on those fragments of social experience that could best capture the sense of modernity.David Frisby is Reader in Sociology at Glasgow University. Fragments of Modernity is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by ThomasMcCarthy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262560467
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/15/1988
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Modernité
2 Georg Simmel: Modernity as an Eternal Present
3 Siegfried Kracauer: `EXemplary Instances' of
Modernity

4 Walter Benjamin: Prehistory of Modernity
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
IndeX

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