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Postmodern Theory

Steven Best and Douglas Kellner

324 Pages
Size: 5½" x 8½"
Paperback
November 1991
ISBN 978-0-89862-418-2
Cat. #2418
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Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations is perhaps the most comprehensive introduction to postmodern social theory on the shelves.... This book not only interrogates the past, but more importantly, it demands and inspires the production of new perspectives and solutions to our present social demise.”

Harvard Educational Review


“It's a clear, useful anthology. Excellent for classroom use.”

—Dr. Paul Swann, Temple University; Course: Postmodern Criticism; Graduate


"Postmodern Theory covers the difficult, sometimes treacherous, and always labyrinthine terrain of modern critical theory about as well as it can be done. This text explores the intricate—and often dense—discourses of writers like Foucault, Baudrillard, Jameson, and Habermas with admirable clarity and insight. If a good deal of postmodern theorizing is opaque and unreadable, this volume is eminently coherent and readable. If postmodernism seems all too often to be engaged in a flight from politics, Best and Kellner manage to bring the theoretical enterprise back to its political moorings. And this is no easy task. This book is highly recommended for any student of social and political theory.”

—Carl Boggs, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles


“The most detailed introduction to postmodern social theory I have yet seen, including valuable critical readings of the major debates.'' —Fredric Jameson, Duke University “Offers a significant engagement with many of the leading figures in current philosophical debates about contemporary history, culture, and politics. Postmodern Theory's rigor, insight, and unique focus make it an important work to be reckoned with. It should prove to be an invaluable resource and example for anyone interested in media theory and cultural studies.'' —Lawrence Grossberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “In view of the countless many who have lost their way and wits in the dark junglelands of post-modernism, it is bracing to encounter two writers who have been there and back with their critical judgment intact and perhaps even strengthened by the encounter. They have composed a guide through the swamps, around the quicksands, past the piranha beds, in and out of the mazes of Foucault, Derida, Baudrillard, Habermas, Lyotard, and other dangers. They are sure guides, sharp critics, smart readers, enlightened spirits. I would trust them utterly.'' —Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University
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