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This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.  

The Man in the Mirror: David Harvey's ‘Condition’ of Postmodernity
The man in the mirror: David Harvey's ‘condition’ of postmodernity

Difference is a misreading of sameness, but it must be represented in order to be erased. The resistance to finding out that the other is the same springs out of the reluctance to admit that the same is other.

Barbara Johnson, A World of Difference (1987)1
Autobiography of a Reading

Reading David Harvey's The Condition of Postmodernity was an estranging experience for me. At first contact, I was struck by what Foucault calls ‘the stark impossibility of thinking that‘:2 how could anyone see practices that for me are quite distinct – feminist art, post-structuralist philosophy, architectural postmodernism, genre cinema, ‘roots’ community movements and radical difference politics – as somehow ...

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