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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

Localism, Globalism and Cultural Identity
Localism, globalism and cultural identity

To live in one land, is captivitie.

(John Donne, ‘Change’, 1593–8)

There is a third world in every first world and vice-versa.

(Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1989)

To know who you are means to know where you are.

(James Clifford, 1989)

One of the problems in attempting to formulate a theory of globalization is of adopting a totalizing logic and assuming some master process of global integration is under way which is making the world more unified and homogeneous. ...

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