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....
|Publisher:||Guilford Publications, Inc.|
|Series:||Critical Perspectives Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
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.
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.
What People are Saying About This
' ... the most detailed introduction to postmodern social theory I have yet seen, including valuable critical readings of the major debates.' – Fredric Jameson, Duke University
Students of social and political theory and anyone interested in media theory and cultural studies.