Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Post-Modernism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Post-modernism: A guide for the perplexed

What is Post-Modernism?

We cannot begin to define ‘post-modernism’ until we have some reasonably clear working notion of what ‘modernism’ means, though this term is itself used in so many senses and contexts that it eludes any clear cut definition. Literary critics and theorists have a fairly good idea of what they mean by modernism: it is a movement that began in the early twentieth century, more specifically after the First World War (Nicholls, 1995). It applies to certain fictional and poetic techniques, stylistic devices, modes of writing, experimental procedures, the use of spatial form, stream-of-consciousness, the predominance of metaphor, striking juxtapositions of image and style as in The Waste Land (Eliot, 1922), techniques of multiple ...

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