New PDF release: After postmodernism: reconstructing ideology critique

By Herbert W. Simons, Michael Billig

ISBN-10: 080398877X

ISBN-13: 9780803988774

This interdisciplinary publication addresses the main questions posed by means of the postmodernist problem: Is it attainable to mirror and criticize in an age while each declare to fact is put less than suspicion? Are social critics infected by way of an identical ideological distortions they determine in society? The textual content stories various responses to such dilemmas and therefore examines how one can reconstruct social concept and critique following the postmodern assault at the conventional foundations of data. even if taking a look at political critique and praxis, feminist concerns, ideology or instructing practices, the contributions are united by way of the necessity to floor a brand new theoretical and political place within the absence of the foundational certainties as soon as seasoned

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They envision artists and writers 'working without rules in order to formulate the rules for what will have been done' after the event has happened, and thereby able to resist capture by any form of ideology (Lyotard, 1984: 81). Finally, Jürgen Habermas (1987) eschews literary Marxism even as he criticizes postmodernists for overlooking political economy and thereby drifting unwittingly into the neo-conservative camp. Habermas is joined by many others who are of a more openly 'left' persuasion.

Moreover, the demise of the Soviet Union, far from ensuring the continued hegemony of America, has created a more polycentric, less controllable world in which American ideologies are increasingly anachronistic. Thus, the preoccupation with the postmodern may be a symptom not so much of the exhaustion of the modern, as of a belated recognition of its geo-political relocation, the shift of its creative momentum away from the West. The term 'postmodernism' was first used in the 1960s by literary critics such as Leslie Fiedler and Ihab Hassan, who noted the entropy of the modernist movement and tried to characterize what was coming next.

Another sort of loyalty is described. Conquergood is concerned with the voices of discontent, rather than contentment, and he recreates textually the lives of those living in the extremes of urban poverty. His prose expresses the hermeneutics of affirmation by way of a sympathetic 'counter-narrative' of the lives of Chicago gang members. At first sight, here seems to be a classic ethnography, with the ethnographer telling 'a realist's tale', presenting truths about life in another place. However, Conquergood's rhetoric is more reflexive, more rhetorically self-aware than that.

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