Orientalism, Postmodernism and Globalism

Overview

In this challenging study of contemporary social theory, Bryan Turner examines the recent debate about orientalism in relation to postmodernism and the process of globalization. He provides a profound critique of many of the leading figures in classical orientalism. His book also considers the impact of globalization on Islam, the nature of oriental studies and decolonization, and the notion of 'the world' in sociological theory. These cultural changes and social debates also reflect important changes in the ...
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Overview

In this challenging study of contemporary social theory, Bryan Turner examines the recent debate about orientalism in relation to postmodernism and the process of globalization. He provides a profound critique of many of the leading figures in classical orientalism. His book also considers the impact of globalization on Islam, the nature of oriental studies and decolonization, and the notion of 'the world' in sociological theory. These cultural changes and social debates also reflect important changes in the status and position of intellectuals in modern culture who are threatened, not only by the levelling of mass culture, but also by the new opportunities posed by postmodernism. He takes a critical view of the role of sociology in these developments and raises important questions about the global role of English intellectuals as a social stratum. Bryan Turner's ability to combine these discussions about religion, politics, culture and intellectuals represents a remarkable integration of cultural analysis in cultural studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415108621
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/29/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements
Pt. I Orientalism
1 Orientalism, postmodernism and religion 3
2 Orientalism and the problem of civil society in Islam 20
3 Accounting for the Orient 36
Pt. II Orientalists
4 Conscience in the construction of religion 53
5 Gustave von Grunebaum and the mimesis of Islam 67
Pt. III Globalism
6 Politics and culture in Islamic globalism 77
7 From orientalism to global sociology 95
8 The concept of 'the world' in sociology 105
Pt. IV Intellectuals and postmodernism
9 Nostalgia, postmodernism and the critique of mass culture 117
10 Two faces of sociology: global or national? 132
11 Ideology and utopia in the formation of an intelligentsia 144
Pt. V Modernity
12 From regulation to risk 167
13 The self and reflexive modernity 183
14 Conclusion 197
References 209
Index 224
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