Late Modernity and Social Change by Brian Heaphy

By Brian Heaphy

Occasionally social idea can appear dry and intimidating – as though it's whatever thoroughly except lifestyle. yet during this incisive new textual content, Brian Heaphy exhibit precisely how the arguments of the nice modern theorists play out opposed to prolonged examples from actual lifestyles. Introducing the information of founding social thinkers together with Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the paintings of key modern theorists, between them Lacan, Foucault, Lyotrad, Baudrillard, Bauman, Giddens and Beck, the e-book starts via reading the advantages of the 'late modernity' thesis opposed to these of the proponents of 'post-modernity'. The authors express the broad swoop of effect of 'post-modern' inspiration and the way it has replaced the best way even its rivals imagine. It additionally discusses feminist, queer and post-colonial principles approximately learning sleek and post-modern event. With examples from own lifestyles (including self and identification, relational and intimate lifestyles, demise, death and life-politics) to carry concept to existence, this transparent and concise new textual content on modern social idea and social swap is perfect for college kids of sociology, cultural stories and social thought.

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The theme of alienation is evident in much of Simmel’s writing on city life, but the difference between Marx’s and Simmel’s conceptions of alienation is important: the former’s is tied to the exploitation of labour, while the latter’s is focused on the objectification of culture (Delanty 1999: 44). Like Weber’s study of the Protestant ethic, Turner (1999: 161) argues that Simmel’s study on the money economy in The Philosophy of Money is a classic account of the roots of modernity and modern consciousness.

Peter Dews, for example, noted how in the 1980s philosophical versions of poststructuralist deconstruction were being superseded in France by a return to ‘questions about the foundations of ethics, the nature of political principles, and the universal status of legal rights’ (Dews, 1987: xii). With more hindsight and focusing on its broader impact, however, we might say that early predictions about the demise of poststructuralism were somewhat premature and over-influenced by wishful thinking. Poststructuralist approaches to the deconstruction of categories of meaning, subjectivity and identity have been influential across the humanities and social sciences and are now established as legitimate analytical strategies.

Modernity, order and governance Foucault’s concern with language is evident in his preoccupation with historically situated discourse. While the emphasis in his work changed over time, he was mainly concerned with analysing the emergence of modern technologies of governance, and with the micro-physics of power. Foucault’s work centred on undertaking an ‘archaeology’ of knowledge which traced the historical and discursive origins of knowledge formations that dominated in modernity. His work focused on the transition from traditional to modern societies, and analysed how expert knowledge was bound up with the distinctive modes of governance associated with the latter.

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