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The end of modernity : what the financial and environmental crisis is really telling us /
Stuart Sim.
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Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2010.
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xii, 220 p. ; 22 cm.
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0748640355 (hbk.), 9780748640355 (hbk.)
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Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2010.
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0748640355 (hbk.)
9780748640355 (hbk.)
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7251601
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-215) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stuart Sim is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. His books include The Carbon Footprint Wars; A Manifesto for Silence; and Empires of Belief, all published by Edinburgh University Press.
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There is always a need for clearly written cultural theory that is accessible but tries to identify macro trends using contemporary examples and data. Stuart Sim excels in this kind of informed, politically engaged, sceptical theory which is not infatuated with jargon or mystification. It's grown-up analysis for students of contemporary culture. Sim has authority, is totally on top of the material and has a certain quiet panache.
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ENDORSEMENT BEING SOUGHT FROM READER'S REPORTThe End of ModernityStuart Sim Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Stuart Sim is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. His books include The Carbon Footprint Wars; A Manifesto for Silence; and Empires of Belief, all published by Edinburgh University Press.
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The End of ModernityStuart Sim Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
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In this provocative text, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems.
Description for Reader
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
Description for Teachers/Educators
Literary Theory; Postmodernism; Ecology and Literature; Environmental Philosophy; Culture and Modernity; Environmental Politics; Global Politics; Global Justice
Main Description
A combination of the global credit crisis and advanced global warming signals that modernity has reached its limit as a cultural form. Modernity, Stuart Sim argues, has collapsed under the weight of its internal contradictions; the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress has been revealed as unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. We now face the advent of the real postmodern; the situation after modernity implodes and cannot be reconstructed as it was. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging and thought-provoking assessment of the developing situation. The author also outlines the radical ideological adjustments we shall have to make to cope with the aftermath of breakdown. It is not just an economic challenge that confronts us, but also an intellectual one - and the latter is arguably the more important. Key Features: * Brings out the broader cultural dimension of the global financial crisis* Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress* Offers a wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath* Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological changes needed to cope with a post-progress world
Main Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
Main Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis ' what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
Main Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis ' what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically-driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
Main Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world
Main Description
Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis - what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socioeconomic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes to both our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Book jacket.
Main Description
Stuart Sim diagnoses the global financial crisis and the global environmental crisis as symptoms of the end of modernity, a cultural system that has prevailed in the West since the time of the Enlightenment. The modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven progress is unsustainable, he claims, not to mention destructive to the planet and its socioeconomic systems. Sim calls for a radical alteration of our worldview, asking that we jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents that will reconstruct society in a satisfactory way.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The End of Modernity? The Cultural Dimension
Introduction: The End of Modernityp. 3
Modernity: Promise and Realityp. 24
Beyond Postmodernityp. 38
The End of Modernity? The Economic Dimension
Marx was Right, But …p. 57
Diagnosing the Market: Fundamentalism as Cure, Fundamentalism as Diseasep. 71
Forget Friedmanp. 102
Beyond Modernity
Learning from the Arts: Life after Modernismp. 123
Politics after Modernityp. 139
Conclusion: A Post-Progress Worldp. 161
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 216
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