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Postmodernity USA : the crisis of social modernism in postwar America /
Anthony Woodiwiss.
imprint
London : Sage, 1993.
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x, 181 p.
ISBN
0803987897
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imprint
London : Sage, 1993.
isbn
0803987897
catalogue key
3303509
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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'This book has two functions, it is intended as both an account of modern American development focussing on the late 1960s, and also a polemic on the state of modern sociology. Woodiwiss argues that postmodern theory is essentially bereft in foundational terms but does seem to have some interesting things to say about modern America as a corporist state.... The author covers a substantial range of material including setting up a modified Marxist class theory and a fresh image of social mobility... a very well-written and entertaining blend of critical theory and history. Much more of this kind of analysis is to be welcomed' - American Studies
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Main Description
In this rigorous and challenging analysis of American postmodernity, Anthony Woodiwiss re-examines the political, economic and social life of the United States over the past 60 years. Exploring the rise and fall of modernism as a social ideology, he offers a distinctive and original interpretation of the unique experience of American modernity and the arrival of the postmodern world. The result is both a novel history of postwar America and a significant contribution to the idea of postmodernism as a social and cultural form. Postmodernity USA also carries lessons for the understanding of class, culture and politics in late industrial societies in general. Offering an innovative synthesis of postmodernist and Marxist approaches it will be essential reading for scholars and students as a key interdisciplinary text.
Main Description
Woodiwiss re-examines the political, economic and social life of the United States over the past 60 years. Exploring the rise and fall of modernism as a social ideology, he offers a distinctive and original interpretation of the unique experience of American modernity and the arrival of postmodernity. The result is both a novel history of postwar America and a significant contribution to the debate concerning postmodernity as a social and cultural condition. Among the distinctive features of the book are: a provocative and stimulating account of change in American society from the New Deal through the 1960s to the present day; a unique account of the dominant discourse of American society, how it has evolved and how it influences current social, political and economic life; a reappraisal of American postmodernity which recognizes it as a consequence of the contradictions and failures of modernity; and an examination of how the forgetting of social modernism is reflected in key instances of contemporary American political discourse, social science and popular culture. This rigorous and challenging analysis of American postmodernity also carries lessons for the understanding of class, culture and politics in late industrial societies more generally. Offering an innovative synthesis of postmodernist and marxist approaches, it will be essential reading for scholars and students as a key interdisciplinary text.
Main Description
In this rigorous and challenging analysis of American postmodernity, Anthony Woodiwiss re-examines the political, economic and social life of the United States over the past 60 years. Exploring the rise and fall of modernism as a social ideology, he offers a distinctive and original interpretation of the unique experience of American modernity and the arrival of the postmodern world. The result is both a novel history of postwar America and a significant contribution to the idea of postmodernism as a social and cultural form. Postmodernity USA also carries lessons for the understanding of class, culture and politics in late industrial societies in general.
Main Description
In this rigorous and challenging analysis of American postmodernity, Anthony Woodiwiss re-examines the political, economic and social life of the United States over the past 60 years. Exploring the rise and fall of modernism as a social ideology, he offers a distinctive and original interpretation of the unique experience of American modernity and the arrival of the postmodern world. The result is both a novel history of postwar America and a significant contribution to the idea of postmodernism as a social and cultural form. Postmodernity USA also carries lessons for the understanding of class, culture and politics in late industrial societies in general. Offering an innovative synthesis of postmodernist and Marxist approache
Table of Contents
Introduction
Finding Social Modernism
New Deal Figurations
The Society that Would be Modern
A Modernizing Discourse
Social Modernism and Class Relations
Forgetting Social Modernism
The Return of the Referents
The Vietnam War, Protest and Class Relations
The Discourse of Forgetfulness
Social (Post)modernism and Class Relations
Conclusion
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