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Postmodernity USA
The Crisis of Social Modernism in Postwar America



© 1993 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How has America fared in the postmodern world? In this provocative and challenging view of American postmodernity, Anthony Woodiwiss reexamines the political, economic, and social life of the United States over the past 60 years. Exploring the rise and fall of modernism as a social ideology, he offers a distinctive and original interpretation of the unique experience of American modernity and the arrival of the postmodern world. The result is both a novel history of postwar America and a significant contribution to the idea of postmodernism as a social and cultural form. Postmodernity USA also offers lessons for the understanding of class, culture, and politics in late industrial societies.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FINDING SOCIAL MODERNISM
 
New Deal Figurations
 
The Society that Would be Modern
 
A Modernizing Discourse
 
Social Modernism and Class Relations
 
PART TWO: FORGETTING SOCIAL MODERNISM
 
The Return of the Referents
 
The Vietnam War, Protest and Class Relations
 
The Discourse of Forgetfulness
 
Social (Post)modernism and Class Relations
 
Conclusion

`This book has two functions, it is intended as both an account of modern American development focussing on the late 1960s, and also a polemic on the state of modern sociology. Woodiwiss argues that postmodern theory is essentially bereft in foundational terms but does seem to have some interesting things to say about modern America as a corporist state.... The author covers a substantial range of material including setting up a modified Marxist class theory and a fresh image of social mobility... a very well-written and entertaining blend of critical theory and history. Much more of this kind of analysis is to be welcomed' - American Studies


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