Postmodern Theory

Critical Interrogations

Steven Best and Douglas Kellner

November 15, 1991
ISBN 9780898624182
Price: $32.00
324 Pages
Size: 5½" x 8½"
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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, National University

“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....An invaluable resource and example for anyone interested in media theory and cultural studies.”

—Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill