Global Modernities


Edited by: Mike Featherstone, Scott Lash & Roland Robertson

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  • Theory, Culture & Society

    Theory, Culture & Society caters for the resurgence of interest in culture within contemporary social science and the humanities. Building on the heritage of classical social theory, the book series examines ways in which this tradition has been reshaped by a new generation of theorists. It will also publish theoretically informed analyses of everyday life, popular culture and new intellectual movements.

    EDITOR: Mike Featherstone, University of Teesside


    Roy Boyne, University of Teesside

    Mike Hepworth, University of Aberdeen

    Scott Lash, University of Lancaster

    Roland Robertson, University of Pittsburgh

    Bryan S. Turner, Deakin University

    Recent volumes include:

    Sociology in Question

    Pierre Bourdieu

    Economies of Signs and Space

    Scott Lash and John Urry

    Religion and Globalization

    Peter Beyer

    Baroque Reason

    The Aesthetics of Modernity

    Christine Buci-Glucksmann

    The Consuming Body

    Pasi Falk

    Cultural Identity and Global Process

    Jonathan Friedman

    The Established and the Outsiders

    Norbert Elias and John L. Scotson

    The Cinematic Society

    The Voyeur's Gaze

    Norman K. Denzin

    Decentring Leisure

    Rethinking Leisure Theory

    Chris Rojek



    Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He is author, among other books, of Postmodern Ethics and Life in Fragments (Blackwell, 1993, 1995).

    Vikki Bell is a lecturer in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. She has published a book entitled Interrogating Incest: Feminism, Foucault and the Law (Routledge, 1993) and her articles have appeared, inter alia, in Economy & Society, International Journal of the Sociology of Law and Theory, Culture & Society.

    Michael Dillon teaches Politics at Lancaster University. Author of several books in International Relations, he is now generally concerned with phenomenology and politics; and, specifically, with the question of the political at the end of metaphysics. He has written about this in The Political Subject of Violence (Manchester University Press, 1993) and Politics of Security (Routledge, forthcoming).

    Mike Featherstone is Professor of Sociology at the University of Teesside. He is author of Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (Sage, 1991) and Undoing Culture (Sage, 1995). He is co-editor of The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory (Sage, 1991) and editor of Cultural Theory and Cultural Change(Sage,1992).

    Jonathan Friedman is currently Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Lund, Sweden. He has written on topics such as structuralism and Marxism, theories of social transformation, the imaginary and social representations, global processes, cultural formations, and the practice of identity. His books include: Modernity and Identity with S. Lash (eds) (Oxford: Blackwell), System, Structure and Contradiction in the Evolution of ‘Asiatic’ Social Formations (Copenhagen: National Museum, 1979), Cultural Identity and Global Process (London: TCS Sage, 1994) and Consumption and Identity (ed.), (London: Harwood).

    Ann Game is Head of the School of Sociology at the University of New South Wales. She teaches and researches in the area of cultural theory and analysis. She is author of Undoing the Social: Towards a Deconstructive Sociology (Open University Press/Toronto University Press, 1991).

    Eugene Halton teaches Sociology and Humanities at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Bereft of Reason, Meaning and Modernity (both University of Chicago Press), and co-author of The Meaning of Things (Cambridge University Press). He has performed blues harmonica internationally and his band is currently playing throughout the midwest region with the legendary piano player Pinetop Perkins and recording their first CD.

    Oleg Kharkhordin is an Associate Member of the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences and is currently finishing his Ph.D dissertation in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. The dissertation deals with the origins of Soviet individualism. His articles on cultural aspects of current economic reform in Russia have appeared in International Sociology and Europe-Asia Studies.

    Anthony D. King is Professor of Art History and of Sociology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His recent books include Global Cities: Post-imperialism and the Internationalisation of London, Urbanism, Colonialism and the World-Economy (both Routledge, 1990) and as editor, Culture, Globalisation and the World-System (SUNY Binghamton/ Macmillan, 1991) and Re-presenting the City: Ethnicity, Capital & Culture in the 21st Century Metropolis (Macmillan, 1995).

    Scott Lash is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. His books include The End of Organized Capitalism (1987), Sociology of Postmodernism (1990), Economies of Signs and Space (1994) and Reflexive Modernization (1994).

    Timothy W. Luke is Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is the author of Screens of Power (Illinois, 1989), Social Theory and Modernity (Sage, 1990) and Shows of Force (Duke, 1992).

    Jan Nederveen Pieterse is author of White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture (Yale University Press, 1992) and Empire and Emancipation (Praeger, 1989; Pluto Press, 1990), for which he received the JC Ruigrok Award of the Netherlands Society of Sciences in 1990. He is editor of Christianity and Hegemony (Berg Publishers, 1992), Emancipations, Modern and Postmodern (Sage, 1992) and, with Bhikhu Parekh, The Decolonization of Imagination (Zed, forthcoming). He is at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

    Roland Robertson is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Meaning and Change, International Systems and the Modernization of Societies, The Sociological Interpretation of Religion and Globalization. He has also edited or co-edited books in the areas of social theory, globality, identity and religion, as well as many articles on these and related topics.

    Göran Therborn is Professor of Sociology at Göteborg University, Sweden, after holding a chair in political science at Nijmegen, Netherlands in the 1980s. His works include The Ideology of Power and the Power of Ideology (London: Verso, 1980) and his latest book is European Modernity and Beyond: The Trajectory of European Societies, 1945–2000 (London: Sage, 1995). He is currently working on comparative modernities, issues of identity, and the politics of childhood, among other things.

    Benno Wagner is the Program Coordinator of the Graduate School of Literature and Communication at Siegen University, where he also teaches undergraduate courses. He received his Ph.D in Comparative Literature for a book on the impact of the Green movement on the political culture and the collective imagination of Federal Germany in the late 1970s, and has published in fields like the semiotics of modern media culture, modern German literature, and intercultural communication between Aboriginal and ‘European’ Australians.

    Eli Zaretsky is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author of Capitalism, the Family and Personal Life (New York: Harper and Row, 1976, 1986 revised edn); the editor of William I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki's The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (Urbana, Il.: University of Illinois Press, 1985) and is currently completing a single volume history of psychoanalysis tentatively entitled ‘From the Psychology of Authority to the Politics of Identity’.


    Earlier versions of the papers in this volume were presented at the 10th Anniversary Theory, Culture & Society Conference held in August 1992 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Pennsylvania. Special thanks are due to the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the Centre for the Study of Adult Life at the University of Teesside for their generous support for the conference. In particular the conference would not have taken place without the tremendous organizational ability and hard work of Kathleen White. In addition we would like to thank Julie Roat (Pittsburgh) and Barbara Cox and Julie Chapman (Teesside) for their administrative expertise and support, as well as the assistance of Victor Roudometof and Joe Roidt (Pittsburgh). Amongst the many friends and colleagues who helped with the planning and organization of the conference and the long process of selecting and reviewing papers for this volume, those who deserve a special mention include: Stephen Barr, Josef Bleicher, Roy Boyne, Norman Denzin, Mike Hepworth, Mica Nava, Bryan S. Turner.

    We would also like to thank all who attended for making the conference such an enjoyable and stimulating occasion. The success of the conference can also be gauged by the fact that we have been persuaded to hold a second conference on ‘Culture and Identity: City/Nation/World’, in Berlin in August 1995.


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