Modernity and Postmodern Culture / Edition 2

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335219216
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Issues in Cultural and Media Studies
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University.

Associate Fellow in Cultural Policy Research, University of Warwick.

Editorial board member and co-editor designate of The International Journal of Cultural Policy.

Previous books:

'Writers and the Arts Council' (ACGB Pulications, 1981)

'Cultural Popularism' (Routledge, 1992)

'Studying Culture' (Arnold, 1993 & 1997)

'Culture and the Public Sphere' (Routledge, 1996)

'Cultural Methodologies' (Sage, 1997)

'Technocities' (Sage, 1999)

'Modernity and Postmodern Culture' (Open University Press, 1999)

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