Culture and Identity: Critical Theories

Culture and Identity: Critical Theories

by Ross Abbinnett

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Overview

'Ross Abbinnett brings a keen and subtle philosophical mind to bear on themes and debates that have become commonplace in sociology. This is a sinuously written book which casts new light on pressing contemporary issues. It is required reading for everyone who wants to think seriously and with an open mind about the terrain of the present' - Keith Tester, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth

This incisive and timely book provides a concise and reliable guide to the debate on modernity and postmodernity. In particular the work of Lyotard, Beck, Bauman, Baudrillard, Giddens, Jameson and Derrida is critically reviewed.

Culture and Identity provides: a thorough and accessible discussion of the main themes in the modernity-postmodernity debate; a shrewd and penetrating account of how these themes address everyday life; a novel account of how technology is altering our perceptions of the 'human'; and a balanced account of the hope for radical politics and radical critique to correct the excesses of capitalism.

What emerges most forcefully from the book is the error of dismissing postmodernism as a self-indulgent and ultimately, dangerous piece of ideology. Abbinnett provides a pertinent reminder of the continuing importance of the themes and challenges raised in the 'postmodern moment'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761965190
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/21/2003
Series: Politics and Culture series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ross Abbinnett is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Historical Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM
Levinas and Bauman
The Ethics of Care
Beck and Giddens
Risk and Reflexive Modernity
Baudrillard
Media and Simulation
Lyotard and Jameson
Postmodernity and the Aesthetic
Derrida
Deconstruction and Identity
PART TWO: MEDIA, CULTURE AND IDENTITY
Technology, Ideology and the Culture Industry
Information, Simulation and the 'Silent Majorities'
The Postmodern and the Sublime
Culture, Politics, Différance
PART THREE: POSTMODERNISM AND THE END OF HISTORY
Derrida, Fukuyama and the 'New World Order'
Science, Technology and Catastrophe
Capitalism, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism

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