Modernity and Identity is a groundbreaking collective work whichannounces a radical new departure within contemporary debates onmodernism and postmodernism.While dominant conceptions of both modernism and postmodernism arecentered around motions of statis and fixity, for most of theotherwise quite diverse writers in this book, modernity is a matterof movement, of flux, of change and of unpredictability.Modernity and postmodernity are shown to mean, not the 'end of thesubject' but the transformation and creation of new forms ofsubjectivity. Anthropological concepts are brought squarely intothe heart of the modernity controversies, which are then recast inthe context of tradition, globalization and of the crisis ofidentity in a newly de-centred world system.The possibility of a third way is opened up, rejecting theopposition between the impersonal rationality of high modernism andthe rationalist anti-ethics of postmodernism. The vision in thisbook is that of another modernity, which counter-poses Baudelaireto Rousseau, and loyalist ethics to abstract blueprints for socialand political reorganization.This book will be essential reading for students of sociology,cultural studies, literary theory, anthropology, urban studies andphilosophy.
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About the Author
Scott Lash lectures in sociology at Lancaster University.His books include The End of Organized Capitalism (1987)with John Urry; Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity (1987)with Sam Whimster and Sociology of Postmodernism (1990).
Jonathan Friedman teaches anthropology at theuniversities of Lund and Copenhagen. He has written widely onculture and globalization in Review and Theory, Culture andSociety. He has written System, Structure and Contradictionin the Evolution of "Asiatic" Social Formations (1979).
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
Introduction: subjectivity and modernity's Other: Scott Lash andJonathan Friedman.
Part I: Cosmopolitan Narratives:.
1. Why modernism still matters: Marshall Berman.
2. Cosmopolitan without emancipation: a response to Lyotard:Richard Rorty.
3. Modernity as postmodernity: Jean-Françoise Lyotard:Christina Bürger.
4. The disappearance of meaning: essay at a postmodern readingof Michel Ournier, Botho Strauss and Peter Handke: PeterBürger.
Part II: Representation and the Transformation ofIdentity:.
5. Popular Representation: recasting realism: NicholasAbercrombie, Scott Lash and Brian Longhurst.
6. Popular culture and the construction of postmodernidentities: Douglas Kellner.
7. Scopic regimes of modernity: Martin Jay.
8. Identity and reality: the end of the philosophicalimmigration officer: Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm.
Part III: Spaces of Self and Society:.
9. Postmodern urban landscapes: mapping culture and power:Sharon Zukin.
10. A modern tour in Brazil.
11. Postmodernism and the aestheticization of everyday life:Mike Featherstone.
Part IV: Modernity and the Voice of the Other:.
12. We, the people: popular culture and popular identity inmodern Europe: Peter Burke.
13. Past, present and emergent identities: requirements forethnographies of late twentieth-centuries modernity worldwide:George Marcus.
14. Narcissism, roots and postmodernity: the constitution ofselfhood in the global crisis: Jonathan Friedman.