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

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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.

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Douglas Kellner
Ben Agger presents a compelling narrative of why sociology must interrogate the experiences and constructions of individual selves to illuminate the contemporary moment. Suggesting new ways of seeing and doing social theory, as well as presenting synoptic overviews of a wide range of theories, Agger invites his reader to undertake new sociological adventures to better understand and reconstruct self and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742519206
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 248
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Agger is professor of sociology and humanities, University of Texas at Arlington.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Authoring Sociological Practices
1 Sociological Selves Write Science Fiction 3
2 What Did We Know before Sociology? 31
3 Are Authors Authored? Cultural Politics and Literary Agency in the Era of the Internet 65
Pt. II Knowing Selves
4 The Virtual Self 89
5 Feminist Selves and the Public Sphere 119
6 Black Like Me: Racial Selves in Sociology and Social Theory 127
Pt. III Postmodernities
7 Politics in Postmodernity: The Diaspora of Politics and the Homelessness of Political and Social Theory 149
8 Between France and Germany Is Theory 179
9 Postponing the Postmodern 189
10 September 11, 2001: After Postmodernity, the Premodern? 199
Bibliography 217
Index 225
About the Author 233
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