A Different Rationality
By (author) Scott Lash
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Another Modernity by Scott Lash
Book DescriptionThis book is Lash's most comprehensive statement in social and cultural theory. It is a book addressed to sociologists and philosophers, to students of urban life, modern languages, cultural studies and the visual arts.Alongside the Enlightenment has emerged another modernity. This second modernity has - in opposition to the Enlightenment rationality of progress, order, homogeneity and cognition - initiated a different rationality of uncertainty, transience, experiment, and the unknowable. This second, this other modernity, is present in notions of 'difference' and 'reflexivity' so central to the contemporary world-view. The logic, however, of such notions can, itself, lead to the same unhappy abstraction of the first modernity. What is forgotten, Scott Lash argues, is the dimension of the ground. This book consists of explorations into this ground: as place, community, belonging, sociality, tradition, life-world; as symbol, sensation, in the tactile character of the sign. The book addresses the other modernity's forgotten ground.The first and second modernities co-existed in a state of irresolvable tension along the history of western industrial capitalism. This is thrown into crisis, Lash argues, with the turn of the twenty-first century emergence of the global information culture. What are the implications of this explosion of first and second modernities into today's technological culture? When the previously existing third space of difference is exploded into the general indifference of information and communication flows? How might we lead our lives in an age in which difference - and indeed the ground itself - become primarily a matter for memory, for mourning?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631159391
(235mm x 158mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity, Paperback (October 2008)
Features leading figures in history, sociology, political science, feminism and critical theory to interpret, evaluate, and criticize Weber's legacy. This book provides an account of the theme of rationalization in the world civilizations. It also examines Weber's social action model, and addresses the putative 'crisis' of Western rationality.
Global Culture Industry, Paperback (March 2007)
In the first half of the twentieth century, Theodor Adorno wrote about the 'culture industry'. For Adorno, culture too along with the products of factory labour was increasingly becoming a commodity. Now, in what they call the 'global culture industry', Scott Lash and Celia Lury argue that Adorno's worst nightmares have come true.
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aeo An original contribution to debates now at the core of social and cultural theory. aeo Brings together the themes that Scott Lash first broached a decade ago, this is the authors definitive statement in social and cultural theory. aeo An original contribution to debates now at the core of social and cultural theory.
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Author Biography - Scott Lash
Scott Lash is Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He previously taught at Lancaster University for many years. He was a Humboldt Fellow in Berlin between 1988 and 1990. His previous books include The End of Organized Capitalism (co-author, 1987), Sociology of Postmodernism (1990), Modernity and Identity (co-editor, 1992), Economies of Signs and Space (co-author, 1994), Reflexive Modernization (co-author, 1994) and Detraditionalization (co-editor, 1996). His books have been translated into nine languages.
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