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Althusser’s marxism A Callinicos. Thus, even though Callinicos is right to claim that there is not a distinct phenomenon as “post-modernism” but an intensification of 19th century modernism, some of his arguments seem to0 farfetched and shallow, that in some parts it becomes hard to distinguish him from the writers he criticizes. One of the main aims of the poststructuralist thought is to overcome the eternal problems of “ideology” and “class consciousness” in orthod I really appreciate what Callinicos tries to achieve and restore here.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I really appreciate what Callinicos tries to achieve and restore here. The resources of critique A Callinicos Polity Particularly politics in the last part of the book. It is best read as a symptom of political frustration qlex social mobility rather than as a significant intellectual or cultural phenomenon in its own right.

You don’t need to be a Marxist to agree with his critique ;ostmodernismo po’mo’ism. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Be the first to ask a question about Against Postmodernism.


Race and class A Callinicos Bookmarks Ravi rated it really liked it Oct 09, To ask other readers questions about Against Postmodernismplease postmovernismo up. Drawing on philosophy and history, “Against Postmodernism” takes issue also with some of the most forthright critics of postmodernism — Jurgen Habermas and Fredric Jameson, for example. Lists with This Book. First the concept of ‘post-industrial society’ is totally dismantled through an analysis of misinterpretations of economic trends by the relevant theorists.

Yet this is analytically contradicted by Foucault’s borrowing from Nietzsche of the concept of stylisation, the self as a postmodernismk of art that is ‘created’.

As Callinicos argues, postmodernists argue BOTH that postmodernity is a separate stage of history, and it isn’t; postmodern art is a continuation of modern art, but it also isn’t; postmodernism is anti-revolutionary, but holds Walter Benjamin and postmodernimso revolutionary thinkers up as precursors.

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There’s also a great, even-handed take on Habermas postmodernsimo worth checking out. And it denies that recent socio-economic developments represent any fundamental shift from classical patterns of capital accumulation. It challenges the idealist irrationalism of post-structuralism.

But it is most distinctive in that it offers a historical reading of the theories of such currently fashionable thinkers as Baudrillard and Lyotard.

Against Postmodernism by Alex Callinicos

Gavin rated it it was ok Apr 25, Three themes are embraced in this claim; the poststructurist critique by Foucault, Derrida and others of the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment; the supposed impasse of High Modern art and its replacement by new artistic postmoderjismo and the alleged emergence of ‘post-ind It has become an intellectual commonplace to claim that we have entered the era of ‘postmodernity’.


Published April 15th by Palgrave MacMillan first published Against Postmodernism postmodernisom Alex Callinicos. And of course, postmodern social theory from Lyotard disparaged so-called ‘metanarratives’ and insisted on the fragile, fragmented, fluctuating, mobile, and chaotic nature calllnicos the social reality against any kind of explanation. The third aporia is that of the ‘subject’.

A Marxist critique A Callinicos.

Secondly, Fredric Jameson’s identification of a new period of ‘multinational capitalism’ as concordant with the rise of postmodern art is criticised. Social theory A Callinicos Cambridge Polity Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Against Postmodernism

Hence presence is always invoked but not achieved, always transcendent but disrupted from appearing. Derrida’s well known splitting of Saussurean holism is in his concept of “differance” – the ‘difference’ of presence and absence and the ‘deferral’ of presence through the operation of signifying chains.

Return to Book Page. An interesting reformulation of Perry Anderson’s arguments regarding fin-de-siecle European society end of 19th c. Poststructuralism is either ‘textualist’ Derrida, de Man and so on or ‘worldly’ Foucault, Edward Said