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Postmodernism and the Social Sciences : Communications and Culture - Joe Doherty

Postmodernism and the Social Sciences

Communications and Culture

By: Joe Doherty (Editor), Elspeth Graham (Editor), Mo Malek (Editor)

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Published: 5th August 1992
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The social sciences are still predominantly developments of the Enlightenment, extensions of the conceptions and methods of Newtonian science. Recently a number of social theorists have brought the presuppositions of Enlightenment thinking under critical scrutiny and have called into question the basis of much social scientific thinking. Despite the seriousness of this postmodernist challenge, its nature and dimensions remain unclear especially to those in the modernist mainstream. The essays in this book are designed to call attention to the challenge and in a manner accessible to those not so familiar with the more theoretical writings of postmodernism. The essays range over the social sciences and ask what the implications of postmodernism thinking are for the modernist disciplines of social anthropology, sociology, geography, social psychology, international relations and economics. An introductory essay provides a survey of the beginnings of postmodernism in literary theory and in the study of art and architecture and raises questions about the translation of the vocabulary of postmodernism into the social sciences.

Preface - Introduction: The Context and Language of Postmodernism; E.Graham, J.Doherty & M.Malek - Postmodern Anthropology? Or, An Anthropology of Postmodernity?; R.Fardon - Social Science and Postmodern Spatialisations: Jameson's Aesthetic of Cognitive Mapping; R.Shields - Geography, Difference and the Politics of Scale; N.Smith - Discourse Discourse: Social Psychology and Postmodernity; I.Parker - Development Psychology and the Postmodern Child; E.Burman - Postmodernity and the Globalisation of Technoscience: The Computer, Cognitive Science and War; J.Bowers - Modernity, Postmodernism and International Relations; N.Rengger & M.Hoffman - Postmodernism and Economics; S.Dow - Postmodernism or Modernism?: Social Theory Revisited; S.Lash - Cultural Theory, Philosophy and the Study of Human Affairs: Hot Heads and Cold Feet; J.Haldane - Postmodern Horizons - Postmodernism and Paradox; E.Graham - Postmodern Politics; J.Doherty - List of Contributors - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333534526
ISBN-10: 0333534522
Series: Communications and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 5th August 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 15