Written with the clarity and insight that readers have come to expect of Mike Featherstone Undoing Culture is a notable contribution to our understanding of modernism and postmodernism. It explores the formation and deformation of the cultural sphere and the effects on culture of globalization. Against many orthodox postmodernist accounts,the author argues that it is wrong to regard our present state of fragmentation and dislocation as an epochal break. Existing interdependencies and power balances are not so easily broken down. Nonetheless some important cultural changes have occurred since World War II. In particular, the book examines some of the processes which have uncoupled culture from the social; the e

Introduction: Globalizing Cultural Complexity

Introduction: Globalizing cultural complexity

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

(W.B. Yeats, ‘The Second Coming’)

Those who write, travel.

The art of being there is to go there.

(Joseph de Maistre)

Undoing Cultural Unities

The above quotation from Yeats has been used numerous times, both directly and indirectly, to highlight the current sense of cultural fragmentation and dislocation. It is assumed that culture has become decentred, that there is ...

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