and Social Theory : Interpreting Modernity and Postmodernity
Benko (Editor), Ulf Strohmayer (Contributor).
last decade has been a decade of tremendous change across the
board of the human and social sciences. Ancient certainties,
trusted ideologies and tested methods all came under immense
pressure once so-called 'postmodern' ideas and concepts gained
wider currency particularly among those with an interest in
social theory. No longer content with framing social reality
according to the logic of one core metaphor, the human and
social sciences both rediscovered the local particularity of
truth where hitherto a general explanation was deemed
sufficient. In short: the revitalizing and formative power of
'space' was acknowledged once again. More than ten years into
the debate, the present collection of original essays seeks to
assess both the impact and current state of the debate around
postmodernism and the spatial social sciences. It aims not at
solving contradictions and differences within the debate since
such a claim would be both fruitless and immature; rather, it
seeks to demonstrate the diversity of interpretations that has
come about by the mutual discovery of postmodern discourses and
human geography since the mid 1980s. Celebrations of Postmodernity,
the insistence of a continuation of modernity, interpretations
of globally-emerging postmodern spaces, even the call for an
analysis of hypermodernity thus coexist in the collection at
hand. In-between the essays, a new discursive agenda for the
spatial human sciences emerges: not to pave the way for a new
orthodoxy but simply to allow for the recognition of new ideas
taking root in today's academic environment. This book is at
once critical, provocative and accessible. It will be widely
welcomed by advanced students of spatial and social theory in
geography and related disciplines..
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aims to combine the best textual and visual resources with the best online
resources in Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Literary Theory, Feminist
Theory, Ecocriticism, Post-Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Music Theory,
Queer Theory, Postmodernism, and related subjects.
By Tom Bridges, Philosophy and Religion Department,
Montclair State University.
This site is devoted to the philosophical examination of the nature of civil society and civic
culture in general. More specifically, it addresses the contemporary crisis of liberal democratic
civic culture in the postmodern period.
This page is part of the Literary Resources collection
maintained by Jack Lynch. Search Engine included.
Maintained by Kelley Walker, Ken Mackendrick, Kirsten Nielsen,
and Jordan Hayes. This guide to theory on the internet. The
focus is "Writing the Social" in and through the inextricably intertwined nexus of theory/research/praxis.
In particular, this project emphasizes theory, though very broadly understood to
encompass a range of thinkers --from Suzie Bright to Habermas
Pages devoted to individual theorists aren't merely "links to sites on
the net," but are organized:
- research archives
- webliography, primary sources
- webliography, secondary sources [focusing on the thinker]
- webliography, secondary sources [critiques/extensions of the scholars work]
- teaching resources [syllabi, lecture notes]
- official pages
- tribute pages
This ambitious project aims to provide a fully annotated guide to
theory / research / praxis on the internet.
Site maintained by George Landow. This website consists
largely of elaborate student projects, some containing several hundred documents and
images. If you want to know how the new reading and writing are taking form, have a look.
Postmodern Therapies News. This site reports on
the philosophical discussions of therapists, philosophers, and social
scientists who are influenced by postmodernism.
Postmodern Culture is an electronic journal of
interdisciplinary studies. We hope to open the discussion of postmodernism to a wide
audience, and to new and different participants. We feel that the electronic text is more
amenable to revision, and that it fosters conversation more than printed publications can.
Postmodern Culture can accommodate, and will include, different kinds of writing,
from traditional analytical essays and reviews to video scripts and other new literary
PMC2 is Postmodern Culture's text-based virtual reality facility, a combination
conference center and theme park. It offers the opportunity to converse in real time with
others interested in postmodernism, and it hosts its own (internally distributed) e-mail
discussion groups and archives.
One of the most
respected and renown of Canada's theorists provides lucid and succinct analyses of the
most slippery of topics -- parody, irony, aesthetics. An interview by Kathleen O'Grady,
Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Developed in conjunction with the University's Critical
Theory Institute and the Annual Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory Series, it
contains extensive scholarly bibliographies that can be browsed and searched. Hélène
Cixous lectured in this series in 1990, leading to the collection Three Steps on the
Ladder of Writing (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).
foreign body is perhaps least badly defined as a
deconstructive fanzine. Its purpose is to spread, like a virus. It infects, breaks in,
traverses; it gives you a start, in your heads: have you heard of hydrapoetics?
its inception as a zine in 1994, some 1751 days
ago, foreign body has rapidly bugged the net. As a para-site, it hopes to host articles
that not only fall between the stools of disciplines and cross political boundaries, but
which will also subvert the empty traffic online, the telephatic chatter hollowed out by
calculable feedback effects of tamed media.
Extensive site covering Postmodern philosophy, critical
theory, cultural theory, etc.
Site includes links to these:
Authors included are:
After postmodernism? Is postmodernism over -- already? No,
not quite; there is a deliberate double meaning in "after" postmodernism.
This site is owned, produced and maintained by Tom Bridges,
Philosophy and Religion Department, Montclair State University. Tom Bridges is the
author of The Culture of Citizenship:
Inventing Postmodern Civic Culture (SUNY Press, 1994).
This site is devoted to the
philosophical examination of the nature of civil society and civic culture in general.
More specifically, it addresses the contemporary crisis of liberal democratic civic
culture in the postmodern period.
- ISSUE ONE: What comes after
postmodernism? The standpoint known as "postmodernism" (or, better,
hypermodernism) is a dead-end. Yet a return to Enlightenment rationalism is impossible. Is
there a path that will take us beyond this impasse?
- ISSUE TWO: Western culture in the
clash of civilizations. The West today is losing irretrievably its former global hegemony
and is increasingly challenged economically and culturally by East Asian and Islamic
civilizations. The universalism of Enlightenment culture long blinded the West to the
particularism of its own liberal democratic values. Can these values be reformulated in
such a way as to strengthen particularistic cultural identity of the West in the face of
the challenges that non-Western civilizations are bound to pose in the future?
- ISSUE THREE: The postmodern
reconstruction of personal life. The modernist liberal moral ideals of authenticity and
autonomy have shaped personal life in Europe and America for almost three hundred years.
These moral ideals were grounded in and supported by Enlightenment civic culture and make
little sense apart from it. What new ideals of personal life will replace the ideals of
authenticity and autonomy in post-Enlightenment Western culture?
A bibliography, a slideshow gallery, excerpts from pivotal
texts by and on Artaud, and a list of links to other related sources are among the
information offered here: take your pick.