Modernity and Postmodern Culture / Edition 2

Modernity and Postmodern Culture / Edition 2

by Jim McGuigan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335219217

ISBN-13: 9780335219216

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

This is a critical introduction to claims concerning the postmodernization of culture and society. The theories of Baudrillard, Beck, Castells, Giddens, Habermas, Haraway, Jameson, Lyotard and others on the contemporary scene are discussed and specific issues concerning arthitecture, theme parks, screen culture, science, technology and the environment are examined.

Overview

This is a critical introduction to claims concerning the postmodernization of culture and society. The theories of Baudrillard, Beck, Castells, Giddens, Habermas, Haraway, Jameson, Lyotard and others on the contemporary scene are discussed and specific issues concerning arthitecture, theme parks, screen culture, science, technology and the environment are examined. Jim McGuigan argues that there have been tensions between instrumental and critical reason throughout the history of modernity that are still being played out. He questions the irrationalist tendencies and, also, the accommodative attitude to prevailing conditions of much postmodern thought, and insists upon the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment tradition to social and cultural analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335219216
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Issues in Cultural and Media Studies
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
9.61(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(7)
Declaring the Postmodern
8(23)
Legitimizing knowledge
9(5)
Learning from Las Vegas
14(8)
Disneyfying
22(9)
Modernity-A Contradictory Project
31(24)
Enlightenment reasoning
33(6)
Countering reason
39(7)
Renewing the project
46(9)
Scrambled Images
55(25)
Dissimulating
58(7)
Representing Capital
65(8)
Cognitive mapping
73(7)
Fractured Identities
80(24)
Deconstructing identity
81(7)
Denying the other
88(7)
Self-identifying
95(9)
The Information Age
104(18)
Networking
106(5)
Globalizing time
111(4)
Identity building
115(7)
Reflexive Modernity
122(28)
Risking everything
125(6)
Bad timing
131(10)
Living with uncertainty
141(9)
Conclusion 150(2)
Glossary 152(3)
References 155(10)
Index 165

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