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Modernity and Postmodernity

Modernity and Postmodernity
Knowledge, Power and the Self

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

June 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.

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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