`Ross Abbinnett brings a keen and subtle philosophical mind to bear on themes and debates that have become commonplace in sociology. This is a sinuously written book which casts new light on pressing contemporary issues. It is required reading for everyone who wants to think seriously and with an open mind about the terrain of the present' - Keith Tester, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth This incisive and timely book provides a concise and reliable guide to the debate on modernity and postmodernity. In particular the work of Lyotard, Beck, Bauman, Baudrillard, Giddens, Jameson and Derrida is critically reviewed. Culture and Identity provides: a thorough and accessible discussion of the main themes in the modernity-postmodernity debate; a shrewd and penetrating account of how these themes address everyday life; a novel account of how technology is altering our perceptions of the `human'; and a balanced account of the hope for radical politics and radical critique to correct the excesses of capitalism. What emerges most forcefully from the book is the error of dismissing postmodernism as a self-indulgent and ultimately, dangerous piece of ideology. Abbinnett provides a pertinent reminder of the continuing importance of the themes and challenges raised in the `postmodern moment'.

Levinas and Bauman: The Ethics of Care

Levinas and Bauman: The ethics of care

Emmanuel Levinas' writing on the ethical demand of the other has been immensely influential on the work of designating the possibility of a postmodern ethics and politics. We will see in a moment that Levinas' thought continues to occupy Jacques Derrida's reflections on the economics sacrifice (Derrida, 1995), and that it also found a certain resonance in Jean-Frangois Lyotard's later work on the nature of obligation (Lyotard, 1988, pp. 110–15). I will look at the issues which arise from these readings in the sections which follow. My present concern, however, is to examine the relationship between Levinas' writing on the nature of care, obligation and suffering, and Zygmunt Bauman's account of the ...

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