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Overview


This is an expanded edition of the first comprehensive overview of the work of Jean Baudrillard, one of the most fascinating thinkers on the French intellectual scene. To the original selection of his writings from 1968 to 1985, this new edition adds examples of Baudrillard’s work since that time.
Reviews of the First Edition
“This is a good book, and the author of its selected writings, Jean Baudrillard, deserves only a share of the compliment. It is difficult to introduce a difficult author, and Mark Poster has done a brilliant job. He has selected wisely from Baudrillard’s writings. . . . More important, Poster has written what may be, pound for pound, the best introduction to a social theorist I have read. . . . Poster has somehow said everything the uninitiated needs to know before deciding to read Baudrillard.”—Contemporary Sociology
“Following the lead of thinkers such as Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, Baudrillard engages in a task of pointing away from any traditional sociological themes. His writings demand that one turn away from convenient or customary interpretations of society and, in the process, one is forced to use his or her imagination in new ways.”—Choice
“Poster’s Introduction presents what is probably as clear and intelligent an exposition of Baudrillard’s ideas as you’ll find anywhere.”—Philosophy and Literature
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Jean Baudrillard continues to be an illuminating thinker as we move into the new high-tech millennium that he has anticipated in his writings of the past decades. Mark Poster's collection contains key texts from the entire trajectory of Baudrillard's work. Featuring new translations and concluding with a recent interview, Selected Writings provides access to one of the most important writers of our time.'

Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804742733
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,020,548
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean Baudrillard is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris X, Nanterre. Mark Poster is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on the Translation
Introduction 1
1 The System of Objects 13
2 Consumer Society 32
3 For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign 60
4 The Mirror of Production 101
5 Symbolic Exchange and Death 122
6 On Seduction 152
7 Simulacra and Simulations 169
8 Fatal Strategies 188
9 The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media 210
10 Cool Memories 223
11 The Gulf War Did Not Take Place 231
12 The Illusion of the End 254
13 The Perfect Crime 266
14 Paroxysm: Interviews with Philippe Petit 276
Index 292
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