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Cultural History and Postmodernity : Disciplinary Readings and Challenges - Mark Poster

Cultural History and Postmodernity

Disciplinary Readings and Challenges

Paperback Published: 16th July 1997
ISBN: 9780231108836
Number Of Pages: 208
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Outlining a postmodern historiography, this work charts the move from social history to new practices of cultural history that are drawing strength from poststructuralist interpretive strategies and raising issues found in feminist and postcolonialist discourse. The author provides readings of theorists and their work, including Lawrence Stone on family; Francois Furet on the French Revolution; Michel de Certeau on consumerism; and Michel Foucault on intellectual history. Key themes animate Poster's work: the often irreducible difference between past and present; the relationship of writing and representation to power and domination; the dissolving distinctions between high and low culture, production and consumption, and reality and fiction; and a new perspective on human agency and the construction of political subjects. The growth of electronic communication also prompts Poster to reassess the historians task, since it reconfigures the relation of human to machine, mind to body, and the writing subject to the text.

"Perhaps Poster's greatest merit, and no small merit it is in such company, is that he writes very clearly." -- Christopher Kent, "Canadian Journal of History" "Perhaps Poster's greatest merit, and no small merit it is in such company, is that he writes very clearly." -- Christopher Kent, Canadian Journal of History "Perhaps Poster's greatest merit, and no small merit it is in such company, is that he writes very clearly." -- Christopher Kent, "Canadian Journal of History"

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Lawrence Stone's Family Historyp. 14
Textual Agents: History at "the End of History"p. 38
Furet and the Deconstruction of 1789p. 72
Michel de Certeau and the History of Consumerismp. 108
The Future According to Foucault: The Archeology of Knowledge and Intellectual Historyp. 134
In Place of a Conclusion: History as Knowledgep. 153
Notesp. 159
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780231108836
ISBN-10: 0231108834
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16th July 1997
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27