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

Travel, Migration and Images of Social Life

Travel, migration and images of social life

Robert Park once remarked that human beings, like the higher types of animals – ‘everything above the oyster, in fact’ – are made for locomotion and action'.

(1923: 157, quoted in Suttles, 1991: xi)

All I ask is heaven above and the road before me.

(The Vagabond in Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel, ...
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