Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations by Steven Best, Douglas Kellner

Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations by Steven Best, Douglas Kellner

In this timely volume, the authors systematically analyze postmodern theory to evaluate its relevance for critical social theory and radical politics today....

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ISBN-13:9780898624182
Publisher:Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:11/15/1991
Series:Critical Perspectives Series
Edition description:New Edition
Pages:324
Sales rank:658,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
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Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations


In this timely volume, the authors systematically analyze postmodern theory to evaluate its relevance for critical social theory and radical politics today.

Best and Kellner provide:

* An introduction and critique of the work of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Laclau and Mouffe, and Jameson, which assess the varying contributions and limitations of postmodern theory

* A discussion of postmodern feminist theory and the politics of identity

* A systematic study of the origin of the discourse of the postmodern in historical, sociological, cultural, and philosophical studies.

The authors claim that while postmodern theory provides insights into contemporary developments, it lacks adequate methodological and political perspectives to provide a critical social theory and radical politics for the present age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:9780898624182
Publisher:Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:11/15/1991
Series:Critical Perspectives Series
Edition description:New Edition
Pages:324
Sales rank:658,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Steven Best, Ph.D., is a Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso. He has published articles on Marx, postmodern theory, Baudrillard, Debord, Jameson, film, television, and cultural theory.

Douglas Kellner is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of Karl Korsch: Revolutionary Theory; Marxism and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film (with Michael Ryan); and Television and the Crisis of Democracy
 

Table of Contents

In Search of the Postmodern.- Foucault and the Critique of Modernity.- Deleuze and Guattari: Schizos, Nomads, Rhizomes Baudrillard en route to Postmodernity.- Lyotard and Postmodern Gaming.- Marxism, Feminism and Political Postmodernism.- Critical Theory and Postmodern Theory.- Towards the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory.

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' ... the most detailed introduction to postmodern social theory I have yet seen, including valuable critical readings of the major debates.' – Fredric Jameson, Duke University