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

Personality, Unity and the Ordered Life

Personality, unity and the ordered life

‘The painter takes his body with him,’ remarks Valéry (quoted in Merleau-Ponty, 1964a: 162). So too does the sociologist, not only in the sense that he wrestles with the problem of the imposition of his embodied and situated gaze on the social relationships he seeks to decipher, but also in the communication of the ...

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