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'.
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Table of Contents
IntroductionPART ONE: POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISMLevinas and Bauman The Ethics of Care Beck and Giddens Risk and Reflexive ModernityBaudrillard Media and SimulationLyotard and Jameson Postmodernity and the AestheticDerrida Deconstruction and IdentityPART TWO: MEDIA, CULTURE AND IDENTITYTechnology, Ideology and the Culture IndustryInformation, Simulation and the 'Silent Majorities'The Postmodern and the SublimeCulture, Politics, DifférancePART THREE: POSTMODERNISM AND THE END OF HISTORYDerrida, Fukuyama and the 'New World Order'Science, Technology and CatastropheCapitalism, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism