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Culture and Identity: Critical Theories / Edition 1

Culture and Identity: Critical Theories / Edition 1

by Ross Abbinnett


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'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: 9780761965183
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

Part 1Postmodernity and Postmodernism13
1Levinas and Bauman: the Ethics of Care15
2Beck and Giddens: Risk and Reflexive Modernity25
3Baudrillard: Media and Simulation35
4Lyotard and Jameson: Postmodernism and the Aesthetic43
5Derrida: Deconstruction and Identity53
Part 2Media, Culture and Identity71
6Technology, Ideology and the Culture Industry73
7Information, Simulation and the 'Silent Majorities'96
8The Postmodern and the Sublime112
9Culture, Politics, Differance125
Part 3Postmodernism and the End of History135
10Derrida, Fukuyama and the 'New World Order'137
11Science, Technology and Catastrophe159
12Capitalism, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism190

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