This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

Postmodernism and the Possibility of Community

Postmodernism and the possibility of community

In this chapter I move closer to a focus on postmodernism, which will be more explicitly discussed in the next chapter.1 My concern in this chapter is to explore by means of the idea of community how we can begin to bridge the alleged divide of the modern and postmodern. Whereas modernity was allegedly constructed on the destruction of community and postmodernity on the eclipse of the social, which had characterized the age of modernity, we can see how community has in fact become a key concern of some of the more recent postmodernist approaches. Tying community to a notion of citizenship, I shall examine a variety of debates cutting across the modern and ...

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