Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices,Selves,and Theories / Edition 248

Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices,Selves,and Theories / Edition 248

by Ben Agger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742519201

ISBN-13: 9780742519206

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

We are not yet at a moment that could be called postmodernity, and may never be, says leading sociologist Ben Agger in his newest book. Modernity is still our history, our framework. Nevertheless, Agger shows how postmodern theory can enhance understanding of the self, everyday life, and culture in the early 21st century. Changes in culture, commerce, and

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We are not yet at a moment that could be called postmodernity, and may never be, says leading sociologist Ben Agger in his newest book. Modernity is still our history, our framework. Nevertheless, Agger shows how postmodern theory can enhance understanding of the self, everyday life, and culture in the early 21st century. Changes in culture, commerce, and communications, such as the internet, require "postmodern" modes of knowing. Agger borrows from French postmodern theory and from the Frankfurt School's critical theory in addressing the utility and shortcomings of postmodern theory for understanding identity, culture, race, gender, and power. He explains postmodern theory clearly, borrowing creatively from postmodernism in order to theorize about daily life and social structures heavily reliant on information technologies like the internet and the Web.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742519206
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IAuthoring Sociological Practices
1Sociological Selves Write Science Fiction3
2What Did We Know before Sociology?31
3Are Authors Authored? Cultural Politics and Literary Agency in the Era of the Internet65
Pt. IIKnowing Selves
4The Virtual Self89
5Feminist Selves and the Public Sphere119
6Black Like Me: Racial Selves in Sociology and Social Theory127
Pt. IIIPostmodernities
7Politics in Postmodernity: The Diaspora of Politics and the Homelessness of Political and Social Theory149
8Between France and Germany Is Theory179
9Postponing the Postmodern189
10September 11, 2001: After Postmodernity, the Premodern?199
Bibliography217
Index225
About the Author233

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