Postmodernism captured the imagination of sociologists, philosophers, political scientists and writers on culture in the 1980s. Society was said to have moved into a new phase which left many of our old assumptions forlorn and impotent. Zygmunt Bauman was a leading contributor to the debate.
In "Intimations of Postmodernity," Bauman sets out his essential ideas on the sociological and philosophical antecedents of postmodernity. He shows us how to use the concept without falling into the snares of introspective nihilism or mindless euphoria. Where other writers have bogged themselves down in abstract discussion, Bauman shows us how to use the concept concretely.
Lucid and intelligent, this book makes a major contribution to the growing literature on postmodernism. It will be of interest to sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, and students of culture, and will become a model for future studies of postmodernism.
"Few other sociologists have addressed the question of the postmodern with the breadth of imagination and vision that Bauman can muster. This book steers a careful course between the twin excesses of instant dismissal postmodernism as something to be "against" and thoughtless adoption postmodernism as something to be "celebrated." It is a fine book which exemplifies Bauman at his brilliant best." -Barry Smart, Auckland University
|Introduction: Re-enchantment of the world, or how can one narrate postmodernity?|
|Legislators and interpreters: Culture as the ideology of intellectuals|
|Sociological Responses to Postmodernity|
|The Changing Discursive Formation of Sociology|
|Is there a Postmodern Sociology?|
|Philosophical Affinities of Postmodern Sociology|
|The World According to Jean Baudrillard|
|Communism: a Postmortem|
|Living Without Alternative?|
|A Sociological Theory of Postmodernity: Interview|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 5th December 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1