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Culture and Identity Critical Theories by Dr. Ross Abbinnett
  

Culture and Identity Critical Theories

Part of the Politics and Culture series Series

Synopsis

Culture and Identity Critical Theories by Dr. Ross Abbinnett

`Ross Abbinnett brings a keen and subtle philosophical mind to bear on themes and debates that have become commonplace in sociology. This is a sinuously written book which casts new light on pressing contemporary issues. It is required reading for everyone who wants to think seriously and with an open mind about the terrain of the present' - Keith Tester, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth This incisive and timely book provides a concise and reliable guide to the debate on modernity and postmodernity. In particular the work of Lyotard, Beck, Bauman, Baudrillard, Giddens, Jameson and Derrida is critically reviewed. Culture and Identity provides: a thorough and accessible discussion of the main themes in the modernity-postmodernity debate; a shrewd and penetrating account of how these themes address everyday life; a novel account of how technology is altering our perceptions of the `human'; and a balanced account of the hope for radical politics and radical critique to correct the excesses of capitalism. What emerges most forcefully from the book is the error of dismissing postmodernism as a self-indulgent and ultimately, dangerous piece of ideology. Abbinnett provides a pertinent reminder of the continuing importance of the themes and challenges raised in the `postmodern moment'.

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`Ross Abbinnett brings a keen and subtle philosophical mind to bear on themes and debates that have become commonplace in sociology. This is a sinuously written book which casts new light on pressing contemporary issues. It is required reading for everyone who wants to think seriously and with an open mind about the terrain of the present


- Keith Tester, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth


About the Author

Ross Abbinnett is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Historical Studies at the University of Portsmouth

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2003

Author

Dr. Ross Abbinnett

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
Cultural studies

ISBN

9780761965183

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