The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature and Place in a Hypermodern World

The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature and Place in a Hypermodern World

by Charlene Spretnak
     
 

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In this insightful,beautifully written work, one of America's most important feminist ecological thinkers reflects on the roots of modernity in Renaissance humanism, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, Spretnak argues that an "ecological postmodern" ethos is emerging in the 1990s. the creative cosmos, and the complex sense of place." Both…  See more details below

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In this insightful,beautifully written work, one of America's most important feminist ecological thinkers reflects on the roots of modernity in Renaissance humanism, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, Spretnak argues that an "ecological postmodern" ethos is emerging in the 1990s. the creative cosmos, and the complex sense of place." Both a sharp critique and a graceful performance of the art of the possible, The Resurgence of the Real changes the way we think about living in the modern world.

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In her far-ranging, in-depth study of the structure of contemporary alienation, Spretnak (The Spiritual Dimension of Green Politics) joins the ranks of gifted writers qua intellectual social analysts like Lewis Mumford. Economics, politics, history, sociology, aesthetics and psychology are brought to bear in support of her thesis: that finally, after four centuries of mind-body duality and mechanistic, scientific domination of Western culture, small, local grass-roots organizations are leading the way back to spiritually integrated wholeness for humanity. In this vision, the author develops a schema of social criticism that moves from the modern through the deconstructionist postmodern into the ecological postmodern era. In the latter phase, there is hope for a return to humanity. Examining today's unresolved nationalistic struggles such as in Bosnia and Serbia, citing poets, artists, composers and thinkers, Spretnak constructs her vision of modern reality. Some conservative skeptics may disagree with the author's interpretation of cultural history and human nature, but it cannot be discounted as an immature romantic, anti-technological, New Age-Luddite screed. Although much of the material studied is dense, Spretnak keeps her treatment lively, accessible and challenging.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136606182
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/10/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
File size:
3 MB

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Charlene Spretnak, one of the founders of the ecofeminist movement, has written several books on social issues, ecological thought, and spiritual concerns, including Green Politics (1984) and States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age (1991).

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