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Modernity and Postmodernity
Knowledge, Power and the Self

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  • Gerard Delanty - University of Liverpool, UK, University of Sussex, UK


May 2000 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

 
Introduction
Knowledge, Power and the Self  
 
The Discourses of Modernity
Enlightenment, Modernism and Fin-de-si[e]cle Sociology  
 
Modernity and Secularization
Religion and the Postmodern Challenge  
 
The Pathogenesis of Modernity
The Limits of Enlightenment  
 
The Impossibility of Modernity
Cultural Crystallization and the Problem of Contingency  
 
Rescuing Modernity
The Recovery of the Social  
 
Postmodernism and the Possibility of Community
 
From Modernity to Postmodernity
Postdialectics and the Aesthetization of the Social  
 
Further Reflections
Constructivism beyond Postmodernism  

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