After postmodernism: reconstructing ideology critique by Herbert W. Simons, Michael Billig

By Herbert W. Simons, Michael Billig

This interdisciplinary e-book addresses the main questions posed by way of the postmodernist problem: Is it attainable to mirror and criticize in an age while each declare to fact is positioned lower than suspicion? Are social critics infected via a similar ideological distortions they establish in society? The textual content experiences assorted responses to such dilemmas and therefore examines how you can reconstruct social idea and critique following the postmodern assault at the conventional foundations of information. even if taking a look at political critique and praxis, feminist matters, ideology or educating practices, the contributions are united through the necessity to flooring a brand new theoretical and political place within the absence of the foundational certainties as soon as seasoned

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Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Gramsci, A. (1971) Selections from the Prison Notebooks. Q. Hoare and G. Nowell Smith, ed. and trans. London: Lawrence & Wishart. Hall, S. (1988) 'The toad in the garden: Thatcherism among the theorists', in C. Nelson and L. Grossberg (eds), Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. London: Macmillan. Kontopoulos, K. (forthcoming) 'The dark side of fire: postmodern critique and the elusiveness of the ideological', Argumentation. -F. (1984) The Postmodern Condition: a Report on Knowledge.

But what basis for political action, rather than retreatism, could be established within the consciousness engendered by deconstructive criticism? How can textual reflectiveness within disciplines yield greater empowerment of citizens? If all forms of truth are ultimately fictions or myths, what might be more adequate myths for our polity and how might textwork contribute to their creation? The notion of postmodernism as resistance to any form of reified meaning is central for those who believe in its radical potential.

Each work of cultural analysis emphasizes the depth and breadth of the ideological processes in the age of the mass media. In so doing, each reveals the enormity of the task of emancipation. Nowhere has the pessimism been more deeply felt than in the works of the Frankfurt School, and particularly in what Rose (1978) has called Theodor Adorno's 'melancholy science'. For Adorno and Horkheimer, science itself is central to the ideology of the modern age. Modernity has constructed a new sense of rationality a so-called scientific rationality and this has destroyed the earlier rationality of the Enlightenment.

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