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Social Postmodernism

Social Postmodernism
Beyond Identity Politics


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

Linda Nicholson, Chandra Talpade Monhanty, Gyan Prakash, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steven Seidman, Rosemary Hennessy, Iris Marion Young, Ali Rattansi, Nancy Fraser, Chantal Mouffe, Shane Phelan, Stanley Aronowitz, R. W. Connell
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  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521475716

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  • Social Postmodernism defends a postmodern perspective anchored in the politics of the new social movements. The volume preserves the focus on the politics of the body, race, gender, and sexuality as elaborated in postmodern approaches. But these essays push postmodern analysis in a particular direction: toward a social postmodernism which integrates the micro-social concerns of the new social movements with an institutional and cultural analysis in the service of a transformative political vision.

    • Introduction gives an accessible overview of the last two decades of debates on postmodernism
    • Contributors are all leading theorists, known for their contributions to research in e.g. gender, Gay and Lesbian, postcolonial studies
    • Combines postmodern insights with traditional social theory to look at new social movements in broader cultural context
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521475716
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Part I. Critiques of Identity:
    1. Interpreting gender Linda Nicholson
    2. Feminist encounters: locating the politics of experience Chandra Talpade Monhanty
    3. Postcolonial criticism and Indian historiography Gyan Prakash
    Part II. Critiques of the Deconstruction of Identity:
    4. African identities Kwame Anthony Appiah
    5. Deconstructing queer theory or the under-theorization of the social and the ethical Steven Seidman
    6. Queer visibility in commodity culture Rosemary Hennessy
    Part III. Postmodern Approaches to the Social:
    7. Gender as seriality: thinking about women as a social collective Iris Marion Young
    8. Refiguring social space Cindy Patton
    9. Just framing: ethnicities and racisms in a 'postmodern' framework Ali Rattansi
    10. Politics culture and the public sphere: toward a postmodern conception Nancy Fraser
    Part IV. Postmodern Approaches to the Political:
    11. Feminism citizenship and radical democratic politics Chantal Mouffe
    12. The space of justice: lesbians and democratic politics Shane Phelan
    13. Against the liberal state: ACT-UP and the emergence of postmodern politics Stanley Aronowitz
    14. Democracies of pleasure: thoughts on the goals of radical sexual politics R. W. Connell.

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    Linda Nicholson

    Steven Seidman


    Linda Nicholson, Chandra Talpade Monhanty, Gyan Prakash, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steven Seidman, Rosemary Hennessy, Iris Marion Young, Ali Rattansi, Nancy Fraser, Chantal Mouffe, Shane Phelan, Stanley Aronowitz, R. W. Connell

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