All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 0860917851
Genre : Civilization, Modern
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The experience of modernization -- the dizzying social changes that swept millions of people into the capitalist world -- and modernism in art, literature and architecture are brilliantly integrated in this account.
Category: Civilization, Modern

The Postmodernism Reader

Author : Michael Drolet
ISBN : 0415160847
Genre : History
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Postmodernism too often seems to be an evasive body of ideas rather than a clear-cut concept, mainly characterized by all embracing assertions. Yet it can be referred to as an intellectual project with specific roots and a historical development.This text traces the origins, evolvement and the politics of postmodernism through the key writings of postmodernist thinkers. The collection restores the poignancy so often lost - or even emphatically rejected - in the debate about postmodernism by focusing on central formative texts and the predominant thinkers we have come to associate with postmodernist theory.Michael Drolet's authoritative introductory essay and his careful selection of texts provide a solid basis for the study of postmodernism by uncovering the philosophical origins of present theories and focusing on their major aspects, thus clearing a path through the maze of knowledge that we call postmodernism. Arranged in three parts, the essays cover the origins of the term postmodernism, its evolution and its political ramifications. Included are writings by Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Bauman, Jameson, Berman and Irigaray.
Category: History

A History And Theory Of The Social Sciences

Author : Peter Wagner
ISBN : 0761965696
Genre : Social Science
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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie
Category: Social Science

Modernity And The English Rural Novel

Author : Dominic Head
ISBN : 9781108158329
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book examines the persistence of the rural tradition in the English novel into the twentieth century. In the shadow of metropolitan literary culture, rural writing can seem to strive for a fantasy version of England with no compelling social or historical relevance. Dominic Head argues that the apparent disconnection is, in itself, a response to modernity rather than a refusal to engage with it, and that the important writers in this tradition have had a significant bearing on the trajectory of English cultural life through the twentieth century. At the heart of the discussion is the English rural regional novel of the 1920s and 1930s, which reveals significant points of overlap with mainstream literary culture and the legacies of modernism. Rural writers refashioned the conventions of the tradition and the effects of literary nostalgia, to produce the swansong of a fading genre with resonances that are still relevant today.
Category: Literary Criticism

Kulturen Der Moderne

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ISBN : 9783593403533
Genre : Social Science
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Die Frage, was die Moderne sei, ist für die Soziologie von klassischer Bedeutung. Großereignisse wie der Zusammenbruch des Sozialismus oder Phänomene der Globalisierung und Transnationalisierung stellen die Gültigkeit von Modernisierungstheorien, die von einem linearen Prozess der Rationalisierung und Verwestlichung ausgingen, infrage. In diesem Band wird Moderne kulturtheoretisch betrachtet: als komplexe historische wie globale Konstellation unterschiedlicher, teils widersprüchlicher Sinnsysteme und Praktiken. Mit Beiträgen unter anderem von Johannes Angermüller, Ulrich Bröckling, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Bernhard Giesen, Karin Knorr-Cetina,Matthias König, Scott Lash, Michael Makropoulos, Shalini Randeria, Hartmut Rosa, Urs Stäheli und Peter Wagner.
Category: Social Science

Afterness

Author : Gerhard Richter
ISBN : 9780231530347
Genre : Philosophy
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Gerhard Richter's groundbreaking study argues that the concept of "afterness" is key to understanding the thought and aesthetics of modernity. He pursues such questions as what it means for something to "follow" something else and whether that which follows marks a clear break with what comes before. Or does that which follows tacitly perpetuate its predecessor as a consequence of its indebtedness to the terms and conditions of that from which it claims to have departed? Indeed, Richter asks, is not the very act of breaking with, and then following upon, a way of retroactively constructing and fortifying that from which the break that set the movement of following into motion had occurred? Richter explores the concept and movement of afterness as a privileged yet uncanny category through close readings of Immanuel Kant, Franz Kafka, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Bertold Brecht, Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Jean-François Lyotard, and Jacques Derrida. Through his work, the vexed concepts of afterness, following, and coming after illuminate a constellation of modern preoccupations, including personal and cultural memory, translation, photography, hope, and the historical and conceptual specificity of what has been termed "after Auschwitz." Richter's various threads of analysis—which cross an expansive collection of modern writers and thinkers, diverse historical moments of articulation, and a range of media-richly develop Lyotard's incontrovertible statement that "after philosophy comes philosophy. But it has been altered by the 'after.'" As this intricate inquiry demonstrates, much hinges on our interpretation of the "after," for our most fundamental assumptions concerning modern aesthetic representation, conceptual discourse, community, subjectivity, and politics are at stake.
Category: Philosophy

Prose Of The World

Author : Saikat Majumdar
ISBN : 9780231527675
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living on the colonial periphery. Saikat Majumdar suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction. Prose of the World explores the global life of this narrative aesthetic, from late-colonial modernism to the present day, focusing on a writer each from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Ranging from James Joyce’s deflated epiphanies to Amit Chaudhuri’s disavowal of the grand spectacle of postcolonial national allegories, Majumdar foregrounds the banal as a key instinct of modern and contemporary fiction—one that nevertheless remains submerged because of its antithetical relation to literature’s intuitive function to engage or excite. Majumdar asks us to rethink the assumption that banality merely indicates an aesthetic failure. If narrative is traditionally enabled by the tremor, velocity, and excitement of the event, the historical and affective lack implied by the banal produces a narrative force that is radically new precisely because it suspends the conventional impulses of narration.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Invention Of Telepathy 1870 1901

Author : Roger Luckhurst
ISBN : 0199249628
Genre : History
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'Fine cultural history.' -David McAllister, Times Literary Supplement'Roger Luckhurst's The Invention of Telepathy comes at the disturbing story of modern psychic experiments through rich, overlapping layers of social and intellectual history and makes comprehensible what otherwise seem eccentricities and even folly on the part of scientists and thinkers.' -Marina Warner, 'Books of the Year', Times Literary Supplement'Luckhurst's densely worked argument picks up and knots the trailing threads in a carpet where figures of imperialist fantasy, technological terror and scientific speculation can be glimpsed side by side... lucid and richly layered study.' -Marina Warner, London Review of BooksThe belief in telepathy is still widely held and yet it remains much disputed by scientists. Roger Luckhurst explores the origins of the term in the late nineteenth century. Telepathy mixed physical and mental sciences, new technologies and old superstitions, and it fascinated many famous people in the late Victorian era: Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde. This is an exciting and accessible study, written for general readers as much as scholars and students.
Category: History

The End Of Irish History

Author : Colin Coulter
ISBN : 0719062314
Genre : Business & Economics
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Ireland appears to be in the process of a remarkable social change, a process which has dramatically reversed a hitherto seemingly unstoppable economic decline. This exciting new book systematically scrutinises the interpretations and prescriptions that inform the 'Celtic Tiger'. Takes the standpoint that a more critical approach to the course of development being followed by the Republic is urgently required. Sets out to expose the fallacies that drive the fashionable rhetoric of Tigerhood. An esteemed list of contributors deal with issues such as immigration, the role of women, globalisation, and changing economic and social conditions.
Category: Business & Economics