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Modern Conditions, Postmodern Controversies

Smart, Barry

 Smart tries to provide "a clear and detailed analysis of reactions and responses to the problems and possibilities identified with prevailing 'modern' and emerging 'postmodern' forms of life. Smart, a New Zealand sociologist, emphasizes modernity and its consequences and "the critical and radical potential of postmodern ideas, embodied in new cultural and political forms, intellectual practices, and experiences of space and time. There are six chapters, each devoted to a key area, as indicated by the chapter titles: Reflections on Change; Questions Concerning Technology and (Post)Industrial Society; Alternative Futures; Art, Work and Analysis in an Age of Electronic Simulation; The Postmodern Paradox; and Marxism and Postmodernism. In effect, Smart shows how our lives are being transformed even as we live them. By incorporating our EHE, we can transform even more.
Publisher Information:London: Routledge, 1992. 241p. Bibl: 229-237; Chap. notes: 222-228; Name Index: 238-239; Subject Index: 240-241
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